A1-Ring plan stopped

Red Bull Racing owner Dietrich Mateschitz's plans to redevelop the A1-Ring - the former Austrian Grand Prix venue - at a cost of E700m have been canned after objections from an environmental government panel were upheld

A1-Ring plan stopped

The federal Environmental Senate of Austria concluded that the project in the Styrian mountain region would exceed noise and air pollution standards.

The project leader for the Red Bull development centre, Norbert Kraihammer, told Austrian daily newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten that the verdict was "quite unexpected".

"We accept this verdict from a neutral position without evaluating," he added.

The A1 Ring circuit still exists, but all the infrastructure from pit buildings to grandstands have already been demolished. Mateschitz has indicated however that his involvement in the project is now at an end.

"The project is finished for us," said Mateschitz told another paper, Kleine Zeitung. The billionaire drinks magnate claims he only got involved after he was asked to do so by the local authorities of the Speilberg region. "We were asked to do something. This has now been rejected. We do not need a race track where no cars can race."

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