The return of the Austrian Grand Prix has been confirmed after organisers were granted the legal permission needed by local authorities.

The event at the Red Bull Ring - formally known as the A1 Ring - was confirmed on the schedule released by the FIA last month, but was subject to final confirmation once a number of administrative issues had been resolved.

Amongst those was an increase in the number of fans able to attend on race day, which had been capped at 40,000 since being reopened following Dietrich Mateschitz's move to take control.

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According to the Kleine Zeitung 'paper, the local government has now agreed to grant permission for the race to have 'major event' status, which will allow for a noticeable increase in the allowed spectator figures.

Provision for 225,000 fans across the three days of action has now been agreed, with local residents who are against the race unable to appeal the decision.

The Austrian GP, which will be the first held in the country since 2003, is schedule to take place on 22 June.