Austria revived F1's feel-good factor

Austria revived F1's feel-good factor

Anyone worried about declining interest in F1 should take some lessons from the revitalised - and fan-friendly - Austrian Grand Prix, says JONATHAN NOBLE

There's a hint of irony that the arrival of Formula 1's brave new world of fuel-efficient engines has come about at a time when the sport's chiefs are trying to rewind the clock and rekindle some magic from the past.

Efforts to bring back sparking cars, vapour trails and glowing brake discs have been met with intense cynicism from hardcore fans - a lot of whom view such tweaks as needless gimmicks pushed for by those who are struggling to put a finger on why F1 is suffering a decline in interest right now.

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