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Turkish Grand Prix Could Return If Organizers, Ecclestone Can Reach Financial Agreement
Published December 7, 2012
AN AUSTRIAN TRADEMARK: EUROSPORT's Christian Sylt reported Formula One Licensing, the intellectual property division of the company which runs F1, has "registered a trademark to the name Austrian Grand Prix -- a move which paves the way for the historic race to return." Formula One Licensing registered a pan-European trademark for the title "Grosser Preis von Österreich" which means "Grand Prix of Austria" in the country’s native language of German. A slot for the Austrian Grand Prix became available on Wednesday when the '13 calendar was released with a gap on July 21 for a race yet to to be confirmed. Red Bull triple world champion Sebastian Vettel was present for the inauguration of its Austrian track and recently said, “I don't know why we don’t go there. For us it would be great for it to be our home Grand Prix. The track is completely Formula One compatible” (EUROSPORT, 12/6).
SCHEDULING CONFLICT: In Austin, Dave Doolittle noted Circuit of Americas officials are trying to move the date of next year's F1 race to "avoid a scheduling conflict with a University of Texas home football game." The Austin F1 race is scheduled for Nov. 17, putting it on "a collision course with University of Texas football," which has a home game against Oklahoma State scheduled for Nov. 16. Circuit of Americas Chair Bobby Epstein said, "Circuit of the Americas has expressed our strong preference for an alternate race date in 2013” (AMERICAN-STATESMAN, 12/5).