August deadline for threatened Nurburgring

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Michael Schumacher, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2011In the round-up: The Nurburgring faces a “high probability of insolvency” at the end of July.

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Future of Nurburgring in doubt as Formula One venue faces insolvency (The Guardian)

“Despite applying to the European Union’s Executive Commission for an emergency loan of ??10m to cover interest repayments, that is not expected to be granted. That has forced the state to act, with [Rhineland-Palatinate state governor Kurt] Beck remarking there was now a ‘high probability of insolvency at the end of the month due to a lack of liquidity’.”

Whitmarsh Q&A: Significant McLaren upgrades for Germany (F1)

“The sidepods from the front to the rear are quite different so you?ll notice those and there are other bits and pieces that the sharper-eyed will see. And clearly there are some parts which are hidden to the naked eye. So they are the main area of modifications and they will be reasonably noticeable.”

Massa: “A long season is fine for me” (Ferrari)

Felipe Massa: “The only thing that is important for me is that I keep performing in the same way I did in Silverstone. In the two Grands Prix prior to that, in Montreal and Valencia, I should have been entirely capable of finishing in the top five or on the podium, but for various reasons ?ǣ a spin in Montreal and a problem with the floor of the car in Valencia – that did not happen. Without that, since Monaco, I would have been fighting for the top five at every race.”

McLaren confident Hamilton will stay (The Independent)

Martin Whitmarsh: “I’m expecting that we will. I think there has been more speculation in this situation within the media than perhaps within the team and Lewis’s minds.”

Stewart offers help to Grosjean (Autosport)

“I just said to Romain Grosjean the other day, it would be a good idea if you came up home one day for lunch so we could have a bit of chat. It is ridiculous that in Formula 1 we don’t have coaches.”

Olympic Park no place for F1 race, says Porritt (Reuters)

“‘F1 racing is a celebration of crazy, unsustainable use of cars in many ways and I would much rather that we would see more use of the park for cycling and all of those kind of things,’ added the environmental activist and former director of the Friends of the Earth campaigning group.”

Jean-Eric Vergne F1 blog: Making progress (Toro Rosso)

“It?s always hard to measure when the car isn?t quite there, but if anyone is looking for evidence, it?s there in how hard we race each other every grand prix weekend. Daniel [Ricciardo] is a really good driver and the competition between us is intense. If he pushes hard I?ll push back harder and that?s a good way to move the team forward.”

Red Bull and Ferrari adapting best to tricky tyres (BBC)

Jaime Alguersuari: “Red Bull’s progress in recent races has not come from the tyres; it has come from aerodynamic developments. Their cars look amazing at the moment, especially on traction, braking and in slow corners.”

Hockenheim: Mixed memories (ESPN)

“It’s funny how perceptions change along with so-called progress and revised values. The advent of FIA-standard Tilke tracks in the past two decades gradually began to make Hockenheim seem special. Certainly, different.”

Formula One Betting: German Grand Prix Preview (Unibet)

My latest article for Unibet.

Comment of the day

An unusual prognostication from Hallard:

It?s interesting to note that this year, Jenson Button won Mark Webber’s home race, and then Webber returned the favor by winning Button’s home race; just as it happened in 2010. Also, Hamilton won in Canada and Webber won in Monaco; just like 2010.

On that (rather flimsy) basis, and given the current performance of the F2012 that Alonso is driving, I am predicting another win for Fernando this weekend. I?d like to be proven wrong though!
Hallard

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On this day in F1

Alberto Ascari won the 1952 British Grand Prix by a lap from Ferrari team mate Piero Taruffi.

Mike Hawthorn, driving a Cooper, finished on the podium for the first time.

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77 comments on August deadline for threatened Nurburgring

  1. MattB (@mattb) said on 19th July 2012, 12:43

    I am not surprised about the possibility of the Nurburgring potentially going into administration for a number of reasons, having gone to the Grand Prix last year.

    We decided to go to the German Grand Prix as it was significantly cheaper for four blokes to drive from London, stay for three days in Germany, eat, drink beer, sit in a decent seat and return than it was for a ticket for a decent seat at Silverstone. When we arrived, we were told we had to stand in line to pick up our tickets (booked 6 months prior) and only two desks were open to give these out; meaning we missed FP1.

    I was not impressed at all by any of the facilities that I saw, except for the posh building at the front, which had clearly been built at considerable expense to please Bernie. There were clear organisational issues throughout the experience and the Nurburgring clearly needed to charge significantly more to turn a profit and a good visitor experience.

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