As the vote demonstrated, not everyone is supportive.
Austria and Turkey will not be on F1′s 2013 calendar, while the Nurburgring looks set to host this year’s German grand prix.
“It should be the Nurburgring, we will try to make it possible,” Bernie Ecclestone is quoted by the Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung. Media reports said meetings between the financially embattled German circuit’s officials and the F1 chief executive will take place imminently in London.
The Nurburgring will host this year’s German grand prix as scheduled, a major local newspaper has declared.
The fate of the 2013 race had been in doubt because of the Nurburgring’s well-documented financial problems. But the Bild-Zeitung daily said the German grand prix, as well as GP2 and GP3 support races, will be held at the track in early July, as per the published FIA calendar.
Nurburgring officials say they were “confident” after meeting late last week in London with Bernie Ecclestone.
Earlier, it was believed the circuit’s hopes of organising next year’s German grand prix had been dashed by financial problems and a breakdown in talks. But, back at the circuit on Friday, officials Jorg Lindner and Kai Richter said their Thursday meeting with F1 chief executive Ecclestone had left them feeling “confident”, according to the German language Spox.
There is still a chance the Nurburgring will host the German grand prix as scheduled next year.
With the famous circuit now in an insolvency process, an official said recently there is little chance a formula one race will be held there in 2013. But SID news agency reports that the Nurburgring has in fact been empowered to negotiate with F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.
The Nurburgring’s chances of staging the German grand prix as scheduled next year have receded yet further.
Bernie Ecclestone was already in talks with Hockenheim about replacing the mid-July event next year, while the crisis-struck Nurburgring is grappling with an insolvency process. Still, there was a chance the Nurburging would pull through.
A decision about where next year’s German grand prix will take place is imminent, according to the SID news agency.
The Nurburgring is provisionally scheduled to host the country’s 2013 race, but amid the venue’s well-documented financial problems, it is possible Hockenheim will be asked to step in as a replacement.
Hockenheim is ready to step in at short notice, should the Nurburgring be unable to organise next year’s German grand prix.
The Nurburgring has been given only a conditional date on the draft 2013 schedule, due to the circuit’s well-documented financial problems. According to the alternating scheme in place between Germany’s two grand prix hosts, Hockenheim – having hosted this year’s race in the country – is not officially scheduled to return to the calendar until 2014.
After skipping last weekend’s German grand prix, Bernie Ecclestone was back in the formula one paddock on Friday.
German news agency SID said F1′s 81-year-old chief executive, who earlier denied he skipped Hockenheim for fear of arrest by German police, was seen in the Hungaroring paddock in Budapest early on Friday.
Sebastian Vettel insists Ferrari has the best car on the 2012 grid.
In an interview with journalists from O Estado de S.Paulo (Brazil), Corriere della Sera (Italy) and Auto Hebdo (France), the reigning world champion reportedly laughed at Alonso and Ferrari’s constant claims that the Spaniard is leading the world championship despite not having the best car.
Bernie Ecclestone has denied skipping last weekend’s German grand prix because he was afraid of being arrested.
The F1 chief executive’s familiar black motor home was in the Hockenheim paddock all weekend, but the 81-year-old Briton did not show, amid rumours he might have been swept into custody by German police amid the Gerhard Gribkowsky corruption affair.
Bernie Ecclestone is looking into buying the embattled Nurburgring, Die Rheinpfalz newspaper reported on Thursday.
Citing an interview with F1′s chief executive, the report said Ecclestone would not talk about the price he is willing to pay for the German grand prix venue, whose future is in the air after entering an insolvency process last week.
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