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2016-06-28 12:27

PLANS FOR EXPANSION: Red Bull says they are considering expanding the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Image: AP / Samuel Kubani

Austria - Red Bull is looking into expanding the current layout of the Austrian grand prix venue in Spielberg.

The energy drink brand took the former A1-Ring and Osterreichring back to the Formula 1 calendar in 2014.

Creating something special

But according to Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper, owner Dietrich Mateschitz is now considering reviving an iconic old section of the track called the Westschleife (west loop).

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone: "From a driver's perspective, the old track would be interesting.

"It would separate the men from the boys a lot more than it does nowadays, anyway."

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Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko insisted that the expansion is only "in the planning stage" at present.

But Marko added: "The merging of these two tracks would create one of the most attractive and fastest race tracks in the world."

Whether it happens or not, Ecclestone said he is happy F1 is back in Austria, saying to Kleine Zeitung newspaper, ahead of this weekend's Austrian grand prix: "Red Bull always does a great job. We love coming back there."

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