Austrian Grand Prix to return next season
23 July 2013 – The Austrian Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 calendar next season, with an agreement being reached for a race to be staged at the refurbished Red Bull Ring venue, formerly known as the Österreichring and the A1-Ring.
In an agreement masterminded by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz and Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the venue is expected to be given a slot on the first weekend of July, traditionally placing it between the British and German Grands Prix.
"Dietrich Mateschitz and Bernie Ecclestone have reached agreement to the effect that Formula 1 will come back to Styria next year," explained a brief Red Bull statement.
Constructed in 1969, the original Österreichring circuit was a fixture on the Formula 1 calendar from 1970 through 1987. It was dropped following two start line collisions in the latter year, with the track being deemed too dangerous by governing body the FIA.
After modifications in 1995 and 1996, the circuit – then named the A1-Ring – staged seven more races until the 2003 campaign. Mateschitz subsequently oversaw a takeover, which led the to venue being re-opened as the Red Bull Ring in 2011.
The venue was close to making a return as a replacement for the postponed Grand Prix in New Jersey, but initial discussions with Ecclestone proved fruitless.
It now falls to the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) to formally confirm the event.