2013 Hockenheim race 'problematic' - mayor Gummer

Nov.15 (GMM) It is possible Germany will fall off the 2013 Formula One calendar altogether.

Start of the race, Fernando Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari
Start of the race, Fernando Alonso, Scuderia Ferrari

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This week, it has emerged that - at the circuit's own admission - the financially-crippled Nurburgring will almost certainly not host the German Grand Prix as scheduled mid next year.

Hockenheim has been named as a possible alternative, and it was believed that talks between circuit officials and Bernie Ecclestone had been underway for some time.

But the city's mayor Dieter Gummer told DPA news agency: "It is the case that we are in constant contact but it has never led to negotiations on a Formula One event in Hockenheim in 2013.

"Before a Grand Prix in Germany goes we would in any case be prepared to talk, but in every case the priority is Nurburgring," he added.

Gummer said organising a 2013 race at Hockenheim would be "certainly problematic", as preparations for a Grand Prix usually begin "at the completion of the previous event".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Bernie Ecclestone
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news
Tags ecclestone, germany, hockenheim, nurburgring