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Ecclestone rules out Austria

Bernie Ecclestone seems to rule out a possible return for the Austrian Grand Prix in 2013
Bernie Ecclestone has moved to quash talk of the Austrian Grand Prix returning to the F1 calendar, suggesting that his focus is solely on securing a race in Istanbul.

Circuit owners Red Bull had had put the venue formally known as the A1 Ring forward as one option to become the 20th race on the schedule next year after the FIA announced it was looking to run an extra European event in place of the race in New Jersey – which has been put back twelve months.

That move came following suggestions that the Turkish government wasn't prepared to help back a return for its own race but Ecclestone insisted that he hadn't spoken to anyone about Austria and that Istanbul was his focus.

"I have spoken to no one about it [Austria]," he told Kleine Zeitung. "Right now I'm thinking about Turkey to return to Istanbul."

The commercial rights holder also didn't rule out the possibility that the 20th race might not take place and that the calendar could remain at 19 events for 2013.

"Right now I rather think that we will go in to next year with only 19 grands prix,” he said. “That would be no problem for Formula One."




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Nick636

December 12, 2012 12:18 PM
Last Edited 628 days ago

WHAT THE FARK IS WRONG WITH THIS TROLOLOLOLOL!!!! Red Bull Ring is AWESOME. Is he receiving major kickbacks from Herman Tilke or something?!?!?! The Turkish public CAN NOT AFFORD F1. They have said so. If Bernie didn't charge so GODDAM MUCH they probably could though. Red Bull is one of the MAJOR money bringers in F1, why not make them and the fans happy???

sodesu - Unregistered

December 12, 2012 12:38 PM

This means nothing, he's probably just trying to put pressure on both the bulls and the turkish goverment at the same time. What he's saying here really could be read both as "We will NOT be coming to Speilberg unless you're prepared to cough up a LOT more!" and as "We really want to come to Istanbul, really, all we need is for the government to push in just a liiittle bit of extra cash. Turkish F1 fans, please take note of this!". Oh and of course also as "Rest assured, if you don't we will not be going anywhere.". I think he's just dying to get a proper bidding war going. ...and hey, there's always his own circuit of Paul Ricard to go to if noone else wants to pay. A real win-win for Bernie, this.



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