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Why the Return of the Austrian Grand Prix Affirms Red Bull’s Dominance of F1

The announcement last week that the Austrian Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar has wider-reaching implications than the return of another old grand prix circuit back into the F1 fold. Formerly the A1-Ring, the Spielberg circuit is now the domain of the Austrian energy drinks company and has been renamed the Red Bull Ring. It is a further example of just how far the team has come in such a staggeringly short period of time, certainly in Formula One terms. Not only do they boast the most successful and arguably the best driver on the grid in Sebastian Vettel, they also fund their sister team Toro Rosso and many drivers in the GP2 feeder series. It’s a far cry from the organisation that drinks mogul Dietrich Mateschitz p...

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