Austrian F1 Grand Prix

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Austria has a long history in motor racing. The Grosser Preis von Ősterreich, the Austrian Grand Prix, was first held in 1964 at the Zeltweg Circuit, and the race was won by Ferrari driver Lorenzo Bandini. The Zeltweg Circuit, which was on an old airfield, was considered too dangerous and Austria experienced a hiatus from F1 racing until the Ősterreichring was constructed in 1970. The Austrian Grand Prix was held here for 10 years, until several accidents caused the track to be deemed too dangerous. This led to a 10-year break in the staging of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Austrian Grand Prix

The Austrian Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar in 1997 at the updated and modernised Ősterreichring. The track was re-named the A1 Ring, after the telecom company A1, which financed the construction. Between 1997 and 2003, only two drivers won the Austrian Grand Prix twice: Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. In fact, the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix became infamous for Ferrari instructing Rubens Barrichello just before the finish line to let team-mate Michael Schumacher win the race. The last Austrian Grand Prix race was held in 2003 and it was then removed from the F1 racing calendar for financial reasons.

In 2004, Red Bull acquired the A1 Ring and was eager to bring F1 racing back to its home country, Austria, but this has taken longer than expected. Since the acquisition, Red Bull has been mired in red tape concerning planning permission and the plan was shelved. Finally, in 2008 planning permission was received and the track was upgraded in 2011. The track has now been re-named the Red Bull Ring and the Austrian Grand Prix is on the 2014 F1 racing schedule as the 8th race of the season.

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