Adrian Sutil, Force India, Nurburgring, 2011

2013 calendar may not be set before season starts

2013 F1 calendarPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Nurburgring, 2011Bernie Ecclestone has admitted the 2013 F1 calendar may not be finalised before the first race of the season.

Doubt remains over which of Germany’s circuits will hold its round of the championship on July 7th and whether a replacement race will be found for the postponed Jersey Grand Prix.

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

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

The Nurburgring was supposed to hold the German Grand Prix this year, which it shares with Hockenheim. However the circuit’s financial problems means it may not be able to afford the race.

In recent years the F1 schedule has usually been set before the new year begins. A delayed confirmation of the venue for the German race could affect ticket sales. Tickets for some later rounds on the calendar are already on sale.

With Valencia dropping off the calendar this year and the inaugural Jersey Grand Prix being postponed to 2014, Ecclestone faced the prospect of seeing the calendar fall short of the 20 rounds held last year.

He hoped to schedule a replacement race in France. Austria and Turkey were also mooted as possible venues, but according to Ecclestone this year’s calendar is now unlikely to feature more than 19 races.

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