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German GP still in the balance

Legal action taken by event promoters adds another dimension to the ongoing on-off story surrounding the German Grand Prix.
In what is fast becoming one of the more tedious stories of the F1 off-season, Bernie Ecclestone has said that he is still working to keep the German Grand Prix on the 2013 schedule, despite a lack of finance and legal wranglings undermine the Nurburgring's candidature.

While the circuit itself has not given up on the hope of staging this year's race – as is scheduled by its sharing agreement with Hockenheim – Ecclestone's office reportedly halted negotiations with organisers late last week, leaving a rescue bid by Hockenheim as the only possible solution to ensure that one of the world's oldest events remains on the calendar.

Nurburgring Automotive GmbH chief Jorg Lindner, however, insists that the Eifel circuit remains at the head of the queue, telling the Rhein Zeitung newspaper that the company he leads alongside Kai Richter held 'the exclusive rights to F1 at the Nurburgring'.

The situation took another turn this week, when Lindner and Richter were reported to have launched legal proceedings against Karl-Josef Schmidt, who they allege has damaged the talks with Ecclestone. According to Pitpass, the pair are in line for a multi-million pound payout from the profits of the race should it take place, despite being behind the development programme that contributed to its financial downfall.

While Ecclestone confirmed earlier this week that dealings with the circuit had been halted, he later admitted that he was still working on having a German GP on the schedule, even though it was unlikely that the venue would be known before pre-season testing kicks off.

“I am doing my best to make sure we have an event in Germany,” he told the Associated Press, “but, at the moment, I can't say whether it will be Hockenheim or Nurburgring.”

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Redda Bulla - Unregistered

January 30, 2013 8:51 PM

Honestly, the old Nurburgring could be used. Why not? We race round Monaco and Singapore with no run off in places so why should The Green Hell be that much worse? The driver protection nowadays with the helmet and neck protector thing on the cars make things much safer today. Marshalling is just an issue, would need a hell of a lot of volunteers 16 Laps of the 24 HR Circuit so they use the current GP Track pits. Be brilliant, best corners, hairpins, banking in the world.

The resident - Unregistered

January 31, 2013 12:12 AM

They could do it but it is very dangerous,I've done the 24h races and vln's there.I no one porsche gt3 cup car left the track and landed in the trees 10 metre or so form the track driver was ok but they had to cut the roof off and it was hard to get to him and it took a time

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