The idea of a world without the Nürburgring seems unconscionable. Not only has it provided generations of exciting races, but it has become the measuring stick for performance credibility. While 'Ring times aren't 'official' we still pay close attention to them. Cadillac even uses those unofficial times in its advertising.

Unfortunately, things are looking bleak in the land of Nordschleife, and the track is heavily in debt. However, relief may come from an unlikely source as F1 boss and potential megalomaniac Bernie Ecclestone has vowed to "do what he can" to keep the historic track on the F1 schedule. Ecclestone has said that he will waive the usual race sanctioning fee for F1 to come to the 'Ring in 2013.

As a refresher, race organizers at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas will have to fork over $25 million for F1 to show up, so this could be huge for the 'Ring. The uncharacteristically generous Ecclestone said that he would "bear all costs, but also claim all revenues."

The Green Hell has apparently fallen under hard times and could use Berine's help. After building a roller coaster and mall on the property, the track is heavily in debt. The European Union, which has the problem of ailing economies on its hands, has said that it will not bail out the 'Ring. It may have to be partially or completely sold in order to cover the private investment made for the aforementioned off-track projects.

According to a track official, there is only a small window to put this deal together. Let's hope the most unlikely of saviors, Ecclestone, can save the 'Ring.


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      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I'll waive my own bloated fees and collect all the revenue" lol, classic Bernie "Earnie" Ecclestone
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Benny90
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ecclestone to "save" the Ring?!!! OR, a more obvious reason he will be doing this: To be able to reap all the rewards, or in more obvious terms, profit. Notice what he said, "bear all costs, but also claim ALL REVENUES." The guy is a evil little troll out to make a profit, by doing this he wont be saving the ring, only profiting from it. OR maybe the guy is a super nice guy that just 'wants to help' ...or maybe not.
      IBx27
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd much rather see him put money into the Nurburgring than waste resources making stupid regulations about F1 cars being easy-to-pass hybrids. Let's just hope he doesn't mandate that only hybrids can use the track...
      drewpy
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is that doing what he can? It's not like they need the advertising...they need to reduce costs(thanks Bernie) AND INCREASE REVENUE(oops, forgot that part)...
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      just give it to him, debts & all.
      Jon Acton
      • 2 Years Ago
      might be hard to save the 'Ring if he's behind bars. Or is this supposed to be an act of good will to show he's not all that bad? Anyways I have to completely agree with what has been said in other comments here; He's not really doing much to save the 'Ring at all.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ecclestone said that he would "bear all costs, but also claim all revenues." Good ole bernie, "it's always about the money, the rest is just conversation". (one of the best movie lines ever)
      samagon0
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd think all car manufacturers who use the ring would come together and drop some change to keep it from going into history books. I am really also kicking myself, I was just in germany last month, the ring was on my schedule, but prices for a taxi were a bit higher than I was willing to pay, so I skipped it. I should have just skipped lunch for a month at the office and done it. hope it's still there next time I'm in Germany, I won't skip it a second time.
      Chuck Winters
      • 2 Years Ago
      POTENTIAL? Bernie's megalomaniacism is KINETIC!
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd buy the ring if I had the scratch and charge all the manufactures big bucks and make some "official" times.. Let em fight for times .. Ring times mean more to me than 0-60 or 1/4 miles ..
      summazooma
      • 2 Years Ago
      "potential megalomaniac"?... um...
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