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Webber backs Austria's return

Monday 19th August 2013

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Webber backs Austria's return

Webber backs Austria's return

Mark Webber has welcomed F1's return to Austria, confident that the Red Bull-owned track will be one of F1's "best additions" in recent years.

Formula One last raced in Austria back in 2003 at the A1-Ring before losing its place on the calendar as Formula One began to branch out into new territories.

And although new countries have been the order of the day in recent years, next season the sport will revisit the past as the A1-Ring rejoins the schedule.

The redeveloped track, which is owned by Red Bull's boss Dietrich Mateschitz and now known as the Red Bull Ring, is provisionally scheduled to host the grand prix on 6 July 2014.

"I think it's absolutely brilliant and I was really happy to see F1 is going back to a super-traditional venue," Webber told Autosport.

"There have been so many grands prix there in the past.

"We've lost a lot of that with the grands prix we have gone to in the last six or seven years, so it's great to return to a venue with so much feel-good factor, and such a great location tucked into the mountains."

The Red Bull racer, who won't be on the grid for Austria's return having announced his retirement from the sport, added: "The timing is right for them to have a grand prix.

"Along with America, it's one of our best additions we've had in the last few years.

"Obviously there have been some that haven't been super-strong, let's say, but this one is. It will work great.

"And for Austria, it's brilliant medicine for the country. It's not easy in Europe now."

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