Dec.14 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Gerhard Berger sees no reason why Austria cannot return to the F1 calendar.
Following reports the former A1-Ring’s new owner Red Bull has offered up the venue for the unconfirmed 20th race in 2013, Bernie Ecclestone played down the possibility of an Austrian return next year.
But Austrian Berger, the former McLaren and Ferrari driver and ex Toro Rosso co-owner together with Dietrich Mateschitz, thinks his native country is in the running.
“If Red Bull is in the game, nothing is impossible,” he told Osterreich newspaper.
“They have everything: the track, the facilities, the contacts and the necessary status in F1. And money should not be a problem.”
Berger rubbished Ecclestone’s claim that the ‘Red Bull Ring’ is not appropriate for F1 because there are not enough hotels in the surrounding area.
“That opposite is true,” he insisted.
“The critics should look at what Red Bull has brought into the area in terms of the hotel sector.
“There is a direct motorway connection to Graz; in 45 minutes you’re in the city. At Silverstone, there is a much bigger hotel problem,” said Berger.