Spaniard Fernando Alonso welcomed the news only cautiously.
Jul.26 (GMM) Fernando Alonso has only cautiously welcomed news Austria will be on the 2014 calendar.
It was announced this week that Red Bull Ring owner Dietrich Mateschitz has agreed a deal with Bernie Ecclestone for the Austrian Grand Prix to return in 2014.
"If you look at the calendar," said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, "it is extremely important that we're still (racing) in Europe."
The deal, however, is conditional on certain local permissions, including noise and environmental plans, and a raising of the Red Bull Ring's allowed spectator limit from 40,000.
"The people of Austria have a lot of support for Formula One," said Alonso, "but at the moment there is only the hope -- only the rumour."
Told, however, that even a date for the former A1-Ring's return in 2014 has been set, Alonso insisted: "We shouldn't forget that the federation hasn't ruled on this yet."
"I don't know much about the track, so I don't have a strong opinion about it," said Alonso.
"We've been there, but that was some time ago."
Then driving for Renault in 2003, Alonso retired from the last Austrian Grand Prix with engine failure.