Red Bull is looking forward to the unique challenge of hosting two F1 grands prix at two consecutive weekends, says the company’s owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
After a long-anticipated wait, Formula One confirmed last Tuesday that the 2020 season will get underway with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring cirucit in Austria, on 5 and 12 July.
The season-opening races will re-write the history books in three aspects. It will be the very first time that the Red Bull Ring hosts the first race of a Formula 1 season while it will be the sport’s first-ever grand prix without spectators. It will also be the first time that a circuit hosts two races on consecutive weekends.
Dietrich Mateschitz said he is sure that the beautiful Spielberg will not fail to impress by delivering exciting races.
"We take on this challenge unique in the history of F1, and we are looking forward to both weekends. Spielberg will see exciting races – and therefore send a strong sign of feasibility to the whole world.”
Red Bull has communicated that a set of strict measures has been implemented to ensure that every requirement of the local authorities is met. The most significant measure is presented by the reduction of number of people present at the cirucit.
Teams have also been asked to decrease the number of members, the organisation staff will also be present only with a reduced group of people while spectators will be absent from the beautiful scenery around Spielberg.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team Principal, Christian Horner, said that huge amount of effort has been put into establishing the season-opening race weekend.
„Red Bull have pulled out all the stops to get the Austrian Grand Prix up and running, in order to support a safe start to the Formula One season. It’s a fantastic venue and we are pleased to be starting our championship campaign at our home circuit. It has been a huge effort by all involved and the two events at the Red Bull Ring will be a blueprint for all other races to follow.”
„There was obviously a huge amount of discussion behind the scenes with Liberty, the FIA and the local authorities to ensure that returning to racing is done responsibly and we all have our part to play in order to enforce the measures in place. With the first eight races of the calendar now confirmed we have some positive momentum. As a race team and racers, we are excited to get going again and put on a show for our fans,” he concluded.