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Ecclestone not sure on German Grand Prix

Bernie Ecclestone says he doesn't know where the German Grand Prix will be held in 2013 with the Nurburgring seemingly ruled out
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."

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RobG - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 1:00 PM

Could Bernie be afraid of an arrest warrant with his name on it? Or is he trying to bribe the German government, to not arrest him, or he will take his bat & ball (& toy car set) and go home.

Jane Smith - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 1:23 PM

Great. Meanwhile thousands of people like me will have booked the time off work and can't get it changed, have made travel and accommodation bookings (though thankfully, in my case, cancellation is free). Thanks for mucking everyone around FoM. And all this with a German World Champion too... :(

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