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Never say never on Austrian GP, admits Marko

Red Bulk advisor Helmut Marko insists that the possibility of bidding for an Austrian GP cannot be entirely ruled out.
Sebastian Vettel's suggestion that F1 ought to consider returning to Zeltweg has received the backing of Helmut Marko, although the Red Bull motorsport advisor admits that Europe is not the ideal venue for races at the moment.

Vettel made his comment after driving one of this year's triumphant RB8 cars from Graz to the circuit, now renamed the Red Bull Ring after the drinks company funded its refurbishment, and Marko admitted that the door would never be entirely closed to the possibility of staging an Austrian Grand Prix in future.

“With [Dietrich] Mateschitz, you can never say never,” he admitted in the wake of Red Bull's ongoing championship celebrations, "but, at the moment, the economy is healthiest in Asia and South America.

"There are sanctioning fees of around $20-30m that need to be paid, so one simply has to ask the question of where does this come from, but let's see how it develops. There are places like Korea, where the track is not great, that are not going to stay [on the calendar]."

That sentiment will no doubt reinforce the resolve of those trying to get the Valencia street circuit reinstated on the schedule, having seen the even axed in favour of New Jersey for 2013. When the second US race failed to make enough progress to be included on the latest calendar issued by the FIA, others have been mentioned as possible replacements – including France and Turkey – as the viability of running two races in Spain continues to be questioned.

Valencia, however, is still hoping to return to the schedule in 2014, amid renewed suggestions that it could alternate with regular Spanish GP host Barcelona. The Circuit de Catalunya appeared to backtrack on race-sharing talks earlier this year after funding was sourced from the city of Barcelona to help keep the venue as F1's first choice.

"It is a situation that is on the table," Valencia tourism minister Lola Johnson told El Pais during the weekend's Ferrari World Finals at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo, "It's a three way negotiation, with the bosses of F1 and the organisers of the two grands prix. The alternation is on the basis of the reorganisation of the contracts. The details are being worked on."

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December 05, 2012 1:18 PM

Personally I would love to see the Red Bull Ring (A1Ring) return to Formula 1. For modern day F1 it would produce great racing as it has long straights & who else wouldn't want to watch Formula 1 cars racing near the Austrain Alps with the sound of the cars bouncing off the surrounding location. I believe it is one of the most spectacular race tracks in the world. I'd rather have a track with a great scenery than go to one with buildings around it! Come on Red Bull & Bernie make this a reality for the die hard race fans.


December 05, 2012 2:51 PM

it would be nice to have the original osterreich ring back, but this one will do nicely. didi put 70m into rebuilding the track and stands,and did a great job. there is talk of valencia trying to get back on the schedule. we hardly need a second spanish race, so maybe an austrian one could be a etter possibly. or even if the nj race is cancelled, the red bull ring could step in?

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