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Despite the provision made to accommodate a potential European event in 2013, Formula 1 will probably feature only 19 races on its calendar next year.
After the Turkish government refused any funding to revive the country’s Grand Prix, Austria was rumoured to stand in as a replacement, a country which last hosted an F1 race in 2003.
But F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone shot down the suggestion that a Grand Prix could return next season at the restored A1 Ring circuit, now called the Red Bull Ring, in Spielberg.
“Until now I have not talked about this with anyone," the 82-year-old said speaking to Kleine Zeitung indicating that there has been no discussions with energy drinks-manufacturers Red Bull, which not only owns the track but a team which has clinched both the titles in the last three years.
"At the moment I am thinking more about Turkey and a return to Istanbul," the Briton added although he acknowledged that the likelihood of the Turkish GP featuring in next year’s schedule would be difficult.
"At the moment I think that we will have only 19 Grands Prix next year. That would not be a big problem for F1," Ecclestone said.