Christian Horner says Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz should be praised for making the Austrian Grand Prix a success.

The race returned to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2003 last weekend, with Red Bull promoting the event which was held at the refurbished Red Bull Ring. While it was a tough weekend for the racing team, Horner said Mateschitz deserves recognition for putting the event together and making it work.

"I think the return of this race has been fantastic," Horner said. "It's an event for the fan, so our own frustrations are irrelevant in that respect because the weekend as a whole has been fantastic. It's been an enormous crowd, wall to wall action and a great atmosphere.

"I think you have to really applaud Dietrich Mateschitz for the commitment and the vision that he's had in bringing this grand prix back to Austria. I think it's a great example for all the promoters about what can be done over a grand prix weekend. There's been a carnival and festival atmosphere. Every five minutes there's been something different going on.

"As a facility it's fantastic. I think overall the event has been a great success."

And Horner also said the race demonstrated the benefit of a properly organising a grand prix in a region with a large F1 fanbase.

"I think we had over 100,000 people [in Austria] and those tickets sold out in about 36 hours. The tickets were also affordable. It was well planned and well organised. The key thing is having the right promoters involved. Red Bull have demonstrated how an event can be promoted and organised.

"This event wasn't for Red Bull Racing, it was for the fans. Dietrich deserves all the credit for having the vision and commitment to invest."



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