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2013-01-31 09:33

GERMAN GP CONFUSION: Will the German GP take place at the Nurburgring or switch to Hockenheim in 2013. Above shows 2012 race winner Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

NURBURG, Germany - Nurburgring officials have reached an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone to host the German F1 GP as scheduled in July 2013.

German newspapers Allgemeine Zeitung and Rhein Zeitung believe that the race won't be switched to Hockeheim despite a long-running "on again, off again" saga surrounding the fortunes of the financially beleaguered Nurburgring.

The reports were confirmed by Rhineland-Palatinate state spokeswoman Monika Fuhr.

'IT'S A BIT MESSY'


Formula 1 chief executive Ecclestone had admitted the Nurburgring's future was still clouded. "It's all a bit messy. At the moment the race is on, off, on, off, but we're doing our best to get it sorted."

SID news reports that a race would be held at the Nurburgring in July though "it is unclear whether it will be (called) the German or the European GP".

Ecclestone said: "It's all a little bit political. It's all a bit messy with different political groups fighting each other."

Another dispute facing the circuit is the naming debate between the Nurburgring-linked body AvD, and ADAC, a rival Hockenheim-linked German automobile club.

One report said ADAC had even submitted a proposal to host the race at the Nurburgring.

SID reported that the news about the Nurburgring's July 7 2013 race would be announced at a media conference.

Kolner Express newspaper said "government sources" had confirmed the media reports.

Fuhr said: "This is good news for the region."
 

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