The third Sunday of May 2003. President George W Bush has recently announced an end to combat in Iraq. 'Dirty Den' is making a return to Eastenders. R Kelly is at number one in the UK singles chart. Michael Schumacher has won the final Austrian Grand Prix by three seconds from Kimi Raikkonen. Over the coming months, as Schumacher homes in on the world championship, the now-forgotten A1-Ring begins its slide into dereliction.
Flash forward just over a decade and the Austrian GP is about to make an unlikely - and welcome - return. The A1-Ring has been rescued from ruin and is now the Red Bull Ring, thanks to investment from the manufacturer of the well-known energy drink that is nearby Salzburg's best-known export (with the possible exceptions of The Sound Of Music and Mozart).
The entrepreneur behind the brand is also dipping into his own pocket to fund the return of the Austrian Grand Prix - something that should send every F1 fan into Julie Andrews mode. Run through the meadows and shout it like you mean it: the hills are alive again.
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