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Austrian Grand Prix to return to F1 fold
23 July 2013
The Austrian Grand Prix will be included on the F1 schedule next season, it has been announced.
The race at the revamped Red Bull Ring – formerly known at the A1 Ring and before that Osterreichring – will take place on July 6.
News of the agreement was confirmed in an email issued by Red Bull, the owners of the Spielberg track.
“[Red Bull owner] Dietrich Mateschitz and [F1 boss] Bernie Ecclestone have reached agreement to the effect that F1 will come back to Styria next year,” read the brief missive from the company.
"On condition of approval by the required authorities, July 6 2014 is expected to be the date."
The last Austrian Grand Prix took place back in 2003, when Michael Schumacher completed back-to-back wins after the controversial circumstances of 2002, when Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello was ordered to slow and allow the German to win, despite Schumacher already holding a commanding championship advantage. The same demand had also been made of Barrichello a year earlier, when the Brazilian was forced to cede second place to Schumacher as David Coulthard took the win.
Austria first staged a round of the F1 World Championship in 1970, with the Osterreichring playing host to 18 races until 1987. Due to safety concerns, the track was then shortened and re-named the A1 Ring, with Austria returning to the fold between 1997 and 2003. It was then acquired by Red Bull and was eventually redeveloped and reopened as the Red Bull Ring in May 2011.
At the end of last year it was mooted as a possible replacement for the cancelled race in New Jersey, along with Turkey, however, no deal was reached.
Currently it is not known if the grand prix in Austria will come at the expense of one of the events already planned for 2014 or if it will be boost the number yet further, taking it to 21.
The provisional F1 calendar for 2014 is expected to be released by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in September.