Red Bull Ring gets green light for Austrian GP
Having last hosted the race in 2003, the circuit has been heavily redeveloped and improved thanks to investment from drinks giant Red Bull. Despite these changes, the decision to take F1 back to Austria came as a surprise to many, but it was confirmed in the summer that a deal had been brokered.
Although it was unlikely to be rejected, the local government has formally approved the race in Spielberg according to Kleine Zeitung, meaning that the way is clear for the race to take place on 22nd June.
Fans hoping to secure tickets for the race will be left disappointed though after the event sold out within 48 hours of sales opening.
Returning to Austria may appear to be an odd decision given that the nation does not have a driver currently racing in F1, but four-time world champions Red Bull are classified as an Austrian team by virtue of owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s nationality. The drinks giant has also heavily invested in the race, having subsidised the tickets to reduce prices for the fans.
However, the event is likely to be a big hit as a classic European track returns to an ever-evolving calendar that appears to have its sights set on the far-reaching corners of the globe.
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