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Was the 2014 Austrian Grand Prix a Success? Reviewing Red Bull Ring’s 1st Race

With Formula One trying and failing to make a name for itself with circuits in Turkey, South Korea and India in recent years, last weekend's Austrian Grand Prix represented the sport going back to the future. The venue, located in the Styrian region of Austria, had previously been a regular fixture on the F1 calendar as long ago as the 1970s and '80s, when it was known as the Osterreichring, and the late 1990s and early 2000s, when it went by the name of the A1-Ring. Formula One's first trip to the Spielberg circuit, now formally known as the Red Bull Ring, since 2003 was a resounding success. More significantly, it offered an instructive lesson to Bernie Ecclestone, the sport's ringmaster, and Hermann Tilke, the man guilty of designing tr...

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