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Bernie expects 'Ring deal

Bernie Ecclestone has indicated that the Nurburgring should still stage this year's German Grand Prix as scheduled.

Ecclestone hopes to have a deal for the race to go ahead concluded imminently.

Uncertainty surrounding the venue for the 2013 German round has existed for months with the Nurburging - which is due to take its turn hosting the event as part of its race-share agreement with Hockenheim - engulfed by financial problems since last year.

However, Ecclestone has revealed he is in talks with Nurburging officials organisers and expects the July 7 race to take place at the historic venue as planned.

"It should be the Nurburgring and we are trying to make it happen," Ecclestone told Reuters.

"I'm talking with them today."

Following reports that the circuit was on the brink of financial collapse, local media reported last October that the state government of Rhineland-Palatinate, which owns around 90% of the circuit's holding company, had agreed to release €254 million worth of funds to the Nurburgring so that it can service part of a €330m loan.

That news left Nurburgring officials confident they will be able to stage their schedule of motorsport events as planned in 2013, although it has since emerged that the venue is to be put up for auction later this year.

Meanwhile, Reuters also reported that Ecclestone had confirmed that the 2013 calendar would only be 19 races long with the prospective 20th slot remaining unfilled.