F1 chief faces wait in bribery case
F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone will have to wait until next year before learning whether he faces a trial in Germany into alleged bribery.
The Munich prosecutor's office has confirmed a decision on whether the case moves forward to trial will not be made this year.
Ecclestone was indicted in July with regard to a 44million US dollars (£29million) payment made to former banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to help smooth the sale of F1 to current stakeholders, private equity firm CVC Capital Partners, in 2006.
Ecclestone claims he was being "shaken down" by Gribkowsky, previously Bayern LB's chief risk officer who managed the sale.
Gribkowsky was imprisoned last June for eight-and-a-half years after being found guilty of breach of trust, tax evasion and receipt of corrupt payments.
Prosecutors in Gribkowsky's trial claimed he sold the stake without updating its valuation in return for bribes disguised as consulting contracts.
Ecclestone claims the money was paid to avoid particular financial dealings being exposed by Gribkowsky to the Inland Revenue with regard to an offshore family trust known as Bambino Holdings.
Under German law, once someone is indicted, the case is reviewed by a judge who determines whether there is enough evidence for it go to trial.
That decision was due this month, but has now been postponed.
A statement read: "The defendants of the accused have announced further comprehensive submissions that should be waited for.
"Taking that into consideration, as well as an imminent change of judge in the relevant chamber, a decision on opening the case cannot any longer be expected this year."
It means Ecclestone can now focus on another case due to start in London's High Court on October 28, which is expected to last six weeks.
In this instance, German media group Constantin Medien is claiming damages of 171 million US dollars (£111million), claiming the 47.2 per cent stake in the sport previously owned by Bayern LB was sold too cheaply to CVC.
In an agreement with Bayern LB, Constantin Medien was entitled to a share of Bayern LB's proceeds from the sale.