Ecclestone to decide fate of Nurburgring F1 date

NurburgringJan.8 (GMM) Continued uncertainty surrounds the venue for this year’s German Grand Prix which is scheduled to take place at the fabled Nurburgring.

Just after Christmas, a major German newspaper declared that – despite the circuit’s financial woes – the Nurburgring will run the early July event after all.

“Formula One will be held at the Nurburgring on July 7, 2013,” Nurburgring Automotive GmbH spokesman Karl-Heinz Steinkuhler said. “The major sponsors are making their bookings now.”

But on Monday, the Reuters news agency reported that F1 packages for Germany in 2013 are still “conspicuously absent” from the usual ticket websites.

A financial recovery company is current handling the Nurburgring’s insolvency process, and spokesman Pietro Nuvoloni on Tuesday admitted that some uncertainty remains.

“The ball is currently with Bernie Ecclestone,” he is quoted by Rhein Zeitung newspaper.

Reports have suggested that meetings between the F1 chief executive and Nurburgring officials are scheduled for January in London.

“We hope there will be F1 at the Nurburgring in 2013,” said Nuvoloni.

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