Could F1 return to Austria? Only at the Osterreichring, we say...

Could F1 return to Austria? Only at the Österreichring, we say… [Image via Cahier]

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has hinted he would be happy to see the Austrian Grand Prix make a return to the Formula 1 calendar.

Between 1997 and 2003, the Austrian Grand Prix was held at the Hermann Tilke-designed A1-Ring before the circuit was closed and partially dug up.

The well-attended Austrian Grand Prix hosted F1 between 1997-2003

Since then, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz has purchased the land, rebuilt the track back to its pre-2004 state and renamed it the ‘Red Bull Ring’. He recently threw his support behind a return to his circuit, adding he could see “no reason” why Formula 1 couldn’t do so, but equally expressed pessimism that it ever would.

The rebuilt track will host its first race this weekend before it has its highest-billing event in 2011: a round of the DTM championship later in the year, and Ecclestone believes that the circuit could play host to Formula 1 again.

“It is good that the circuit is ready to go again,” he told the APA news agency.

“We have always gone down there very happily. We have always loved Austria,” he added.

And with Formula 1 teams pushing for the sport to return to its more traditional European roots, Ecclestone answered cagily: “Everything is possible,” when asked about a possible return to Zeltweg.

We would certainly support a return to Zeltweg, but only on the original Österreichring!

[Images via The Cahier Archive]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.