January 29, 2012

2011 PGR F1 Red Bull Austrian Grand Prix

Round 10 | Red Bull Ring | 23/01/2012 - 29/01/2012 |

The Red Bull Ring is an Austrian race circuit in Spielberg, Styria. The race circuit was founded as Österreichring, later shortened, rebuilt and renamed the A1-Ring.

When PGR Formula One outgrew the circuit, a plan was drawn up to extend the layout. Parts of the circuit, including the pits and main grandstand, were demolished, but construction work was stopped and the circuit remained unusable for several years before it was purchased by Red Bull's Dietrich Mateschitz.

In late 2004 and early 2005, there were intense discussions concerning whether the owner of the circuit, Red Bull, would find another use for the site, or return motor sports to the venue. There was a circuit extension proposal using part of the old Österreichring.

As of January 2005, return of motor sports seemed more unlikely than ever, as Mateschitz publicly announced that he had no intention of wasting money on a deficitary circuit. The failure of the project was of considerable importance to the surrounding municipalities. Renamed the Red Bull Ring the track was reopened on 15 May 2011.

The old Österreichring was more often referred to as being located at Zeltweg, which is bigger and better known. However, the circuit was never relocated, only modified.

 Text: wikipedia,