Ecclestone: Nürburgring race unlikely
15 January 2013 – Bernie Ecclestone says a race at the Nürburgring is extremely unlikely in 2013, with talks between the Formula 1 supremo and the German venue appearing to fall through. The 82-year-old is certain that a Grand Prix will take place in the country this season, but a host circuit is still yet to be officially announced.
"No," Ecclestone is quoted as saying by ESPN when asked if the Nürburgring is likely to host the 2013 German Grand Prix. "The trouble is that the people that used to be there have gone. They haven't got enough money. So we will see."
Despite the situation, Ecclestone is adamant that the Formula 1 fraternity will make a visit to Germany in 2013, with a venue now due to be chosen in-season.
"We have got a German Grand Prix but we don't know where it is going to be," Ecclestone explained. "We have got the race pencilled in. It's on the calendar. We can decide it once the season has started."
Ecclestone previously stated that he would be willing to front the cost of hosting a race at the Nürburgring, but this no longer appears to be the case. The most likely replacement is the Hockenheim circuit, with a venue spokesperson confirming to GPUpdate.net last month that it would be open to organising the event in 2013.