Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are enthusiastic about a proposal to restore part of the original Osterreichring layout which was used in the early years of the Austrian Grand Prix.
“That’s the best news I’ve probably heard in Formula One for a long time”, said Hamilton when asked about the plan to restore a stretch of the old track between the current turns one and two.
“They’re going to take a track back to what it should be or what it was previously. The track is nice as it is now but I’ve not seen the old track but I can imagine going up into the mountains and into the woods it’s going to be epic so I really hope they do that personally.”
Rosberg was also keen on a return to the classic track. “I just watched the video from 1982, one of the closest finishes with my dad finishing second and definitely it looks very exciting so yeah, if they do that, cool.”
The original 5.9-kilometre circuit was built in 1969. It extended out from turn one in a large loop with fast sweeping turns that tested the talents of both man and machine.
An accident which claimed the life of American driver Mark Donohue in 1975 led to changes to reduce speeds through the fastest corners. Formula One continued to race on the track until 1987. The track was later remodelled by Hermann Tilke and returned to the championship in 1997.
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