They’ve left it a little late, but circuit owner Red Bull has finally put its paperwork in to local authorities to gain permission for larger crowds at next year’s return of the Austrian Grand Prix.
The energy drink giant bought, partly demolished and then rebuilt the former A1-Ring, and have managed to have the Styrian venue return to next year’s F1 calendar after an absence of over ten years.
However, one facet of the rebuild that was not done was the replacement of the circuit’s start/finish grandstand when it was flattened.
In its place is a much smaller area of seating, which has reduced the entire venue’s capacity to just 40,000 fans – a figure that the local government strictly limits.
Red Bull has applied to have that figure doubled in time for next year’s Grand Prix, having filed a 100-page submission to local authorities to be signed off.
The application has been prompted by overwhelming demand for tickets to next year’s event.
“If everything is positive, the decision could come before Christmas,” a Red Bull spokesperson told local broadcaster, ORF.