Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has dismissed claims that the Austrian Grand Prix could return to the calendar after confirming that he is focused on adding Turkey to the schedule once more
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has added a new slot for a Grand Prix to be held on July 21 and initially appeared to favour a return to Turkey, but later Red Bull alerted the organisation that the Red Bull Ring in Austria had the potential to host a race.
While the Red Bull’s proposal seemed a possibility when the Turkish government voiced its unwillingness to support a Grand Prix in Istanbul, Ecclestone quickly quashed the rumours saying that he had not been in touch with Red Bull.
“I have spoken to no one about it,” Ecclestone told Kleine Zeitung.
“Right now I’m thinking about Turkey to return to Istanbul.”
Ecclestone also highlighted that lodging in Austria is a problem and added that it was not essential for the 20th race slot to be filled next year, adding that he expects to make a final decision “early next week”.
“Right now I rather think that we will go in to next year with only 19 Grand Prix. That would be no problem for Formula One.”