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Bernie Ecclestone has called off negotiations with the Nurburgring, according to Germany’s Der Spiegel.
Former Marussia driver Timo Glock has agreed a three-year contract to race in Germany’s DTM touring car series with BMW.
That is the claim of Sport Bild, reporting that the deal will be announced officially on Friday. Shortly after Marussia announced it is replacing the 30-year-old with an as-yet undecided pay-driver, Glock headed to Valencia where he tested BMW’s M3 DTM car.
Bernie Ecclestone has not given up on F1′s scheduled return to the Nurburgring in 2013.
The financially-embattled venue is scheduled to host the July race, but it is also possible Hockenheim could step in at the last minute. “I am doing my best to make sure we do not lose formula one in Germany,” Ecclestone, 82, is quoted by the Allgemeine Zeitung.
In the 2013 season, the race calendar of the planet’s most competitive young-gun series will comprise 10 race weekends in six European countries.
The season will be kicked off as early as on 23 and 24 March in Italy, with the season finale (26-27 October) being held in France. The hopeful Formula 3 talents will race in the support programme of WTCC, WEC and DTM races at tradition-rich motor-racing venues that always are attended by big crowds.
Germany’s recent formula one hosts, the Nurburgring and Hockenheim, are still both in the running to stage next year’s July race.
As per the venues’ alternating agreement, the financially-embattled Nurburgring was originally scheduled to organise the 2013 event. But Malu Dreyer, the incoming minister-president for the ruling government of the Rhineland-Palatinate state, said the Nurburgring is still in the running.
“The Ferrari is not as bad as everyone says it is.”
Dr Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s outspoken driver manager, has scoffed at the paddock’s depiction of Fernando Alonso as the great title underdog. The Austrian admitted to Auto Bild Motorsport that he has taken exception to Spaniard Alonso’s repeated depiction of a David versus Goliath-style struggle against championship favourite Sebastian Vettel’s vastly superior Red Bull.
Alex Wurz had a hand in the layout of the new Circuit of the Americas, which has lauded by formula one drivers this weekend.
Wurz, now 38 and a sports car driver, contested 69 grands prix between 1997 and 2007, finishing on the podium three times. The Austrian now works as a ‘driver coach’ at Williams, serving alongside his friend and countryman Toto Wolff, the British team’s new shareholder and director.
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.
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