According to Helmut Marko, a deal has been done ensuring that the Red Bull Ring will host Formula 1 races for years to come.
The circuit, owned by Red Bull, has been a part of the calendar in each of the last seven seasons, hosting the Austrian Grand Prix.
In 2020, it hosted the first two races of the season, with the Styrian Grand Prix completing a double-header to bring the sport back after the pandemic-induced hiatus.
Marko says that by doing so, Red Bull made it clear how important they are to the sport, and that was a factor in the signing of a new multi-year contract for the venue.
“It’s done. It is a multi-year contract”, he told Servus TV.
“Liberty has seen what Red Bull is capable of. Without our initiative, the Formula 1 season would almost certainly not have taken place in this form if it had taken place at all.
“We will see an orange sea of spectators again. We expect another 30,000 to 40,000 Dutch spectators.
“We are looking forward to and happy that we will be able to organise Austria’s biggest sporting event for several years to come.”
For the first time since the track returned to the calendar in its current form, Red Bull will be heading to their home race in 2021 with someone not from their own academy in one of their cars.
Sergio Perez has been signed to replace Alex Albon, and it’s the first time since Mark Webber was given a seat in 2008 that a driver outside of Marko’s talent pool has been given the nod.
The Austrian says that such action was taken for the sake of Red Bull’s title ambitions, as the team needed the other car to help Max Verstappen take the fight to Mercedes.
“Our goal is to win the World Championship. To do this, you need two cars that can compete at the front. It’s about strategy,” he told Speedweek.
“Pérez drives in the form of his life. With Alex Albon there were ups and downs, so we had to make a decision.
“If we want to aim for the Constructors’ Championship, we need a strong driver in the second car.”