F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has refused to breathe life into rumours that Austria could claim a mid-year slot on the 2013 Formula 1 calendar.
Rumours have emerged in recent days that the Red Bull Ring – the former Grand Prix venue previously known as the A1 Ring – could step up to the plate and claim the late July calendar slot that has now become available following the FIA’s recent reshuffling of the 2013 calendar in the wake of the postponement of the street race at New Jersey.
According to recent speculation, Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz had indicated he would be prepared to bankroll a race at his own circuit in the Styrian mountains – which last staged a Formula 1 race in 2003 in a bid to give Red Bull Racing a ‘home’ Grand Prix.
But Ecclestone has flatly rejected that speculation, indicating that a return to Turkey would be his more preferred option.
“I have spoken to no one about [an Austrian Grand Prix],” Ecclestone told Austrian newspaper Kleine Zeitung. “Right now I’m thinking of Turkey returning in Istanbul. It seems as though we will have 19 Grands Prix next year – that would not be a problem for Formula 1.”
Ecclestone indicated that a final decision over the allocation of a venue for the July 21 calendar slot would be made early next week.