Bernie Ecclestone has insisted that he doesn't know where the 2013 German Grand Prix
will be held, despite reports last week suggesting that a deal would be done with the Nurburgring.
The commercial rights holder was quoted by Reuters
as saying that he was working to make it happen
, with the race having been in some doubt due to the ongoing economic issues surrounding the venue.
Now however, Ecclestone has stated that he doesn't expect the circuit in the Eifel to be able to run the race and said that a decision now has to be taken on where the event will be held.
Hockenheim, which shares the race on an alternate basis, would be the other option.
"No,” he told ESPN F1
when asked if the race would be run at the 'Ring. “The trouble is that the people that used to be there have gone. They haven't got enough money. So we will see.
"I said to Reuters that I was talking to them about trying to do something. I don't know what is going to happen with Nurburgring. That's what we are trying to sort out.
"We have got a German Grand Prix
but we don't know where it is going to be. We have got the race pencilled in. It's on the calendar. We can decide it once the season has started."
Ecclestone also revealed that the proposed 20th race on the calendar that now won't happen wouldn't have been in either Turkey or Austria – the two that were mentioned most on the rumour mill.
“The race replacing New Jersey was going to be France,” he said. “I think there is going to be 19 races this year."