Ecclestone still talking with Nurburgring officials

Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM). Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix Practice, Shanghai, China, Friday 13 April 2012.Aug.13 (GMM) F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has kept German Formula One fans’ hopes alive by revealing ongoing talks with Nurburgring race organisers.

With the embattled circuit facing insolvency ahead of its scheduled return to the 2013 calendar, it emerged recently that the local Rhineland-Palatinate state had decided to keep the Nurburgring afloat.

But subsequent news that the state aid will be investigated by the European Commission has renewed fears that the Nurburgring will not feature on next year’s schedule.

Ecclestone, however, says he remains in talks with race officials.

“I am currently in negotiations with the officials at the Nurburgring,” he is quoted as saying in an interview with Saturday’s Rhein-Zeitung newspaper.

Ecclestone said the objective is to see the “race at the ‘Ring in 2013″.

He would not comment on the likely outcome of the talks.

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