Red Bull driver Mark Webber has expressed his delight over Formula One’s return to Austria next season, even if the Australian driver won’t get a chance to race at the circuit due to his retirement at the end of the current year.
It was confirmed last month that a deal had been reached that would see the sport return to Austria for the first time since 2003 at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. As Formula One looks to reach new markets and exotic locations such as Abu Dhabi and Singapore, moving back to a traditional venue such as Austria surprised many, but Webber is pleased to see the move.
“I think it’s absolutely brilliant and I was really happy to see F1 is going back to a super-traditional venue,” Webber explained to Autosport, before going on to criticize the newer tracks on the calendar.
“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 race is set to be held in July next season according to the race promoters, with much of the money behind the race supplied by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. For the Austrian team, having a ‘home’ race will be a new-found luxury for the champion team in years to come.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.