Work to prepare the former A1-Ring for its return to the formula one calendar next year has begun.

A1-Red_Bull-RingNow owned and rebuilt by the energy drink company, the Austrian grand prix circuit in Styria is now called the Red Bull-Ring. Austrian radio ORF said construction work to get the venue ready for formula one next year is now underway. A spokesman for the Red Bull Ring operator Projekt Spielberg GmbH confirmed the report. It was announced in July that Dietrich Mateschitz and Bernie Ecclestone had agreed a provisional deal to return F1 to Austria on July 6 next year.

Kleine Zeitung newspaper subsequently reported that the 2014 race will in fact take place a week earlier than that, on June 29. The same newspaper now reports that an embankment on the front straight is currently being removed.

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