Bernie Ecclestone suggested that the door was open to the Austrian Grand Prix returning to Formula 1 when he made an unexpected visit to the official opening of the revamped Spielberg track, now rechristened the Red Bull Ring, today.
Although Red Bull and circuit chief Dietrich Mateschitz is not aiming to bring F1 back to the circuit at present, when asked if a grand prix would be possible at the refurbished venue, Eccletone replied, "Why not?"
He added: "This [refurbishment] should have been done 10 years ago. Without the rain I might have never realised it's the same area."
However, Austrian three-time World Champion Niki Lauda was cautious about the chances of F1 coming back to the nation for the first time since 2003.
"It's a tremendous achievement by Dietrich and a fantastic thing to have this facility here," Lauda said. "But it would be much premature to speculate about a F1 comeback. These things take a long time."
The Red Bull F1 team is demonstrating its cars at Spielberg this weekend as part of the reopening. The track's first major event will be a DTM round at the start of next month.