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Ecclestone quashes Austrian GP hopes

ESPN Staff
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After DTM and Formula 2 was held at the Red Bull Ring it was touted as a potential venue for a grand prix in 2013 © Sutton Images

Bernie Ecclestone has all but ruled out the prospect of an Austrian Grand Prix in 2013 after saying he is focused solely on trying to return to Turkey.

The FIA's addition of a new slot for a grand prix to be held in Europe on July 21 initially appeared to be for the Turkish Grand Prix to return, but Red Bull later alerted the FIA that the Red Bull Ring in Austria also has the potential to host the race. The Turkish government appears unwilling to financially support a race in Istanbul, but Ecclestone said he had not been in touch with Red Bull about a possible race in Austria.

"I have spoken to no one about it," Ecclestone told Kleine Zeitung. "Right now I'm thinking about Turkey to return to Istanbul."

Highlighting problems with the hotel situation in Austria, Ecclestone also said that it was not essential that the 20th race slot gets filled while 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 grands prix. That would be no problem for Formula One."