Austrian GP Back In 2014

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Red Bull has announced that the will return to the F1 calendar next year, with a provisional date of July 6.

The drinks company had made a late bid to host a race this season at the Red Bull Ring – formerly the A1 Ring – but it was unable to conclude a deal with Bernie Ecclestone.

The race was last held on the shortened version of the Osterreichring between 1997 and 2003, before it was dropped. Later, the track fell into disrepair before Red Bull committed to salvaging it.

It remains to be seen how Ecclestone sorts out the schedule, as in theory he has to get Canada and New Jersey into June without using the weekend of June 14 and 15, which is blocked for Le Mans.

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