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Hockenheim not negotiating on F1 race



Hockenheim has held no talks with Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone over staging the German Grand Prix next year, Hockenheim mayor Dieter Gummer told dpa on Wednesday.

The Hockenheim circuit has been seen as an alternative to the insolvent Nuerburgring, which is scheduled to stage the 2013 German Grand Prix on July 14.

"It is the case that we are, of course, in constant contact but it has never led to negotiations on a Formula One event in Hockenheim in 2013," Gummer said.

The Hockenheim mayor believes Nuerburggring will still be able to stage the race but says Hockenheim will be ready for talks to replace the venue if necessary.

"Before a grand prix in Germany goes we would in any case be prepared to talk, but priority has in any case Nuerburgring," Gummer said.

Although it has filed for insolvency, Nuerburgring, some 70 kilometres south of Cologne, is still hopeful it can stage the race as planned.

The German Grand Prix alternates between the two circuits. Hockenheim, in south-west Germany, would normally be due to stage the race again in 2014.

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