The FIA’s safety delegate Charlie Whiting has given the green light for the rebuilt A1- Ring – now owned by Red Bull and renamed the ‘Red Bull Ring’ – as fit to host events up to Formula 1 standard, according to the local Kleine Zeitung newspaper.
The circuit – itself an emasculated version of the spectacular Österreichring and one of Hermann Tilke’s very first
butcherings works – was demolished after its final F1 race in 2003 and has laid in a disrepaired state until bought and rebuilt by drinks giant Red Bull.
The circuit is set to be reopened in 2011 and is scheduled to host a range of motorsport events, including DTM, Formula 2 and Formula 3 races.
One major hurdle for the circuit, however, is the noise restriction legislation governing its ongoing use. Should F1 return to the Styrian circuit, few other events would be allowed to be held, which in turn could affect how profitable the venue is in the long term.
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