2014 Austrian GP gets local approval
4 January 2014 – The Austrian Grand Prix has got the green light, with local authorities setting the crowd capacity at 225,000 for the three-days.
Prior to the new agreement, the race-day crowd capacity was set at 40,000, which obviously wouldn’t have been workable for an F1 event.
“I can confirm the grand prix has got permission [to go ahead]," Harald Schnedl of the District Commission Murtalbahn told Austrian's newspaper, Kleine Zeitung this week.
“The permit allows a maximum of 225,000 visitors over the three days of the race weekend,” he added.
Austria last hosted a round of the F1 World Championship in 2003.
However it returns this season with a June slot after Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz masterminded an agreement to bring the sport back to the revamped Red Bull Ring, formerly known as the Österreichring and the A1-Ring.