Marko says Austrian GP hurdles are no big deal

Media Day at Red Bull Ring in 2011 featuring Sebastian Vettel

Media Day at Red Bull Ring in 2011 featuring Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has played down fears Austria’s return to the grand prix calendar next year might stumble at official hurdles.

A deal for a Formula 1 to return to the country next July at the relaunched A1-Ring, now called the Red Bull Ring, has been agreed between Dietrich Mateschitz and Bernie Ecclestone.

But the race actually going ahead is conditional on environmental and decibel permissions, and the raising of the allowed daily spectator limit beyond 40,000.

Marko, however, insists: “I see nothing serious that would be a problem.”

Formula 1 team bosses met at the Hungaroring and argued that next year’s calendar should not extend beyond 20 races.

With Austria, Russia and New Jersey all set to join the schedule, however, that would mean at least two existing races are axed.

Reports from the paddock say India and Korea are the most likely to fall victim.

Marko told Kleine Zeitung newspaper: “There are some monumental tracks in Asia, but (they have) no atmosphere.”

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