Red Bull boss Christian Horner has said the team “pulled out all the stops” for Austria to be the season-opening host of the new F1 2020 campaign.
Red Bull are going to have not one, but two home races to compete in after Formula 1 confirmed the Red Bull Ring will host the Austrian Grand Prix on July 5 and the Steiermark Grand Prix on July 12.
Max Verstappen and Red Bull have won the last two races at the Red Bull Ring and Horner is ecstatic that the venue will help provide the blueprint for other hosts to follow throughout the rest of the campaign.
“Red Bull have pulled out all the stops to get the Austrian Grand Prix up and running, in order to support a safe start to the Formula One season,” Horner said.
“It’s a fantastic venue and we are pleased to be starting our championship campaign at our home circuit.
“It has been a huge effort by all involved and the two events at the Red Bull Ring will be a blueprint for all other races to follow.
“There was obviously a huge amount of discussion behind the scenes with Liberty, the FIA and the local authorities to ensure that returning to racing is done responsibly and we all have our part to play in order to enforce the measures in place.
“With the first eight races of the calendar now confirmed we have some positive momentum. As a race team and racers, we are excited to get going again and put on a show for our fans.”
Red Bull co-founder, Dietrich Mateschitz, added: “We take on this challenge unique in the history of F1, and we are looking forward to both weekends.
“Spielberg will see exciting races – and therefore send a strong sign of feasibility to the whole world.”