Nurburgring to host German GP as planned

© AP, 31 January 2013
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The financially troubled Nurburgring circuit will host a grand prix as planned this year after striking a deal with Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

"The long period of uncertainty over the site of the pinnacle of motorsport in Germany is ended," the state-owned Nurburgring operating company said on Thursday in a statement.

The Rhein-Zeitung newspaper reported that Ecclestone struck the deal with Nuerburgring GmbH chief Karl-Josef Schmidt late Wednesday.

"I very much appreciate the Nurburgring and its history," Ecclestone said in translated comments. "Even today, the Grand Prix route demands the most from drivers and teams."

Hockenheim, which hosts the German Grand Prix every other year, indicated its availability to host the July 7 race if a deal could not be struck with Nurburgring.

"The Nurburgring is a household name and very important for all of us," three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel told the dpa news agency. "Everything that goes along with it is an experience. It shouldn't be allowed die out. I'm delighted the Grand Prix is secured."

Nuerburgring GmbH insolvency administrator Thomas B. Schmidt thanked Ecclestone and said "with his commitment to the legendary racetrack, he delivers a significant and valuable contribution to the Nurburgring."

Nurburgring filed for insolvency last July. F1 has been racing on the track since the 1950s.


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