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German GP deal may not be set before the 2013 season starts – Bernie

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone admits that still doubt over the 2013 German Grand Prix.

2013 F1 calendar has the German race listed for July 7 at a circuit to be confirmed and another unnamed European round pencilled in for July 21 and proposed for Turkey before talks delayed over funds.

Nurburgring will stage this season German Grand Prix, which it shares with Hockenheim. But they are still struggled with financial issues.

“We have got a German Grand Prix but we don’t know where it is going to be,” Ecclestone told ESPNF1.

“We have got the race pencilled in. It’s on the calendar. We can decide it once the season has started.”

When reporter asked, whether it looks like the race will take place at the Nurburgring Ecclestone replied: “No. The trouble is that the people that used to be there have gone. They haven’t got enough money. So we will see.”

This month first week Ecclestone was quoted by Reuters saying that the location of the German Grand Prix “should be the Nurburgring and we are trying to make it happen.” He added.

“I’m talking with them today.” Reuters claimed that a deal with the circuit could be agreed imminently but Ecclestone says that was optimistic.

“I said to Reuters that I was talking to them about trying to do something. I don’t know what is going to happen with Nurburgring. That’s what we are trying to sort out.”

Austria and Turkey were mooted as possible replacements but Ecclestone reveals that “the race replacing New Jersey was going to be France. I think there is going to be 19 races this year”. F1 boss added


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