The first event in Austria on a military airfield at Zeltweg in 1964. Osterreichring hosted the premier series races from 1970-1987. The A1-Ring in Spielberg held seven grand prix events starting in 1997.
Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA added an European event last week to the Formula One 2013 calendar. At the time, it appeared they wanted a race in Turkey. However that deal fell by the wayside just prior to the FIA's yearly end-of-season prize giving gala in Istanbul, Turkey.
With the door now open to select a host nation for the July 21st race, the Red Bull Ring may be the venue of choice.
The reaction by the fans worldwide has been positive for an Austrian Grand Prix. This morning Red Bull's Helmut Marko had positive news that the energy drink company owned by Dietrich Mateschitz would welcome talks with the FIA and Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) group.Red Bull Ring and has a "F1 license" per Marko.
While celebrating his third consecutive championship at the home of Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel commented: "...there’s a track not far from here that would be completely suitable for Formula 1." The one concern is the fact that the Red Bull Ring's capacity is only 40,000, plus the concern of hotels in the area of Graz. Marko is not concerned as he said, "We have a full amount of hotels."
If not next year, perhaps Austria will be back on the calendar in 2014.