Austria looking likely to stage 2013 grand prix

Dec.7 (GMM) As Turkey’s hopes of hosting a grand prix fade, it looks increasingly possible that Austria will return to the Formula One calendar in 2013.

This week, at Bernie Ecclestone’s request, the FIA reserved a date for an unidentified additional European race next year.

Istanbul Park’s new operator Vural Ak then announced that he had reached an agreement “in principle” with the F1 chief executive, pending the Turkish government’s support.

Turkey, however, has said no.

“There is nothing on the government’s agenda about the return of F1 to Turkey,” sports minister Suat Kilic told the Anatolia news agency.

“This is an issue that entirely concerns the private sector.”

Earlier, Austria was suggested as a possible alternative to Turkey for the extra 2013 race date.

The A1-Ring, owned and recently refurbished and re-launched by the energy drinks company, is now called the Red Bull Ring.

Writing in Eurosport, leading F1 business journalist Christian Sylt said that Formula One Licensing in 2012 registered a trademark to the name Austrian Grand Prix.

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