Red Bull Ring showed up Silverstone's flaws

Red Bull Ring showed up Silverstone's flaws

The Austrian and British Grands Prix both happen at classic venues revitalised for the 21st century, but DIETER RENCKEN reckons Silverstone has a lot to learn from the Red Bull Ring

Held just two weeks apart, the Austrian and British Grands Prix have so many similarities, yet so many fundamental differences. Both events were staged on classic circuits, albeit 'upgraded' and remodelled to bring them up to 21st-century standards.

Both are privately funded - in the former's case by drinks billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz, who bought the A1-Ring (formerly the Osterreichring) in the late noughties before naming it (what else?) the Red Bull Ring - while Silverstone is promoted by a commercial offshoot of the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the facility.

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