VIDEO: Vettel and Ricciardo preview the Red Bull Ring

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Ahead of next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull has released a video previewing the race to mark its return to the calendar following 11 years away.

Austria last welcomed Formula 1 back in 2003 at the A1 Ring (as it used to be called), but the circuit soon became run down and fell into disrepair, causing it to fall off the calendar for 2004. In the same year, it stopped hosting any kind of motorsport events.

However, in 2008, Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz confirmed that he had bought the circuit, and began to redevelop it. Now, it is back to its best as a leading racing facility, and hosting a Formula 1 grand prix is undoubtedly the icing on the cake for Austrian motorsport after many years in the wilderness.

This video is a great way to preview one of the most unique circuits on the calendar ahead of next weekend’s race, which, by virtue of Mateschitz’s nationality, is also Red Bull’s first ever home event.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”

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