Bernie Ecclestone expects 2013 German GP to take place at Nurburgring as planned
Formula 1 supremo in talks for deal, and says no 20th race
Last Updated: January 8, 2013 4:27pm
The Nurburgring: Last took its turn as the host of the German GP in 2011
Bernie Ecclestone has indicated that the Nurburgring should still stage this year's German GP as scheduled and hopes to have a deal for the race to go ahead concluded imminently.
Uncertainty surrounding the venue for the 2013 German round has existed for months with the Nurburging - which is due to take its turn hosting the event as part of its race-share agreement with Hockenheim - engulfed by financial problems since last year.
However, Ecclestone has revealed he is in talks with Nurburging officials organisers and expects the July 7 race to take place at the historic venue as planned.
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"It should be the Nurburgring and we are trying to make it happen," Ecclestone told Reuters.
"I'm talking with them today."
Following reports that the circuit was on the brink of financial collapse, local media reported last October that the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate, which owns around 90% of the circuit's holding company, had agreed to release €254 million worth of funds to the Nurburgring so that it can service part of a €330m loan.
That news left Nurburgring officials confident they will be able to stage their schedule of motorsport events as planned in 2013, although it has since emerged that the venue is to be put up for auction later this year.
Meanwhile, Reuters also reported that Ecclestone had confirmed that the 2013 calendar would only be 19 races long with the prospective 20th slot remaining unfilled.
Prospective F1 2013 Calendar:
Australian GP - March 17.
Malaysian GP - March 24.
Chinese GP - April 14.
Bahrain GP - April 21.
Spanish GP - May 12.
Monaco GP - May 26.
Canadian GP - June 9.
British GP - June 30.
German GP - July 7.
Hungarian GP - July 28.
Belgian GP - August 25.
Italian GP - September 8.
Singapore GP - September 22.
Korean GP - October 6.
Japanese GP - October 13.
Indian GP - October 27.
Abu Dhabi GP- November 3.
United States GP - November 17.
Brazilian GP - November 24.