The nearly year-long process to sell the Nürburgring has reportedly entered its final phases, with the historic track's liquidators closing bids on the track on February 17, according to the Rhein Zeitung newspaper. Interestingly, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is rumored not to be among the bidders, despite previous news to the contrary.

Of course, Ecclestone has had problems of his own in recent months. He was indicted for alleged bribery in July related to buying a portion of Formula One stock back from a German bank and could face up to 10 years in prison. He stepped down from the board of F1 in January to prepare for the trial. Ecclestone said he was interested in buying the Nürburgring shortly after it declared bankruptcy and said he had registered a bid for the course a month ago, according to Crash. It doesn't appear that Ecclestone's bid has been accepted, though.

While the official list of bidders has not been released by the liquidators, Rhein Zeitung is citing an inside source that says Ecclestone is not among them. The newspaper notes there are at least three bidders for the German racetrack – Düsseldorf-based Capricorn, H.I.G. Capital and an unknown US-based investor. It is not immediately clear whether the bidders are attempting to buy the whole track or portions of it. The liquidators would like to have the sale finished by the end of March to be ready for the coming racing season.

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      Good. The sooner Bernie crawls under a rock and stays there, the better.
      • 11 Months Ago
      > Embattled Ecclestone no longer trying to buy Nürburgring With his cash, he should buy himself a facelift instead.
        • 11 Months Ago
        Why? To get girls? He already has girl that, well is quite a bit above his league to put it mildly.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Autoblog, wasn't it adjudicated to the German Automobile Club? (remember reading this in a recent post here).
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hope when I am 105 I look as beautiful as this man.
      This Guy ...
      • 11 Months Ago
      Something something something Darkside ... Seriously Bernie looks like he should be giving Darth Vader instructions for defeating the rebellion...
      • 11 Months Ago
      Bernie can I marry your daughter??
        • 11 Months Ago
        Better have a good lawyer review the prenup. ;)
      • 11 Months Ago
      Need to add in lightening coming from his finger tips.
        • 11 Months Ago
        i meant to like your comment but hit the wrong finger. my sincerest apologies as your statement is truly hilarious.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Darth Vader VW tv commercial: No wonder why it was so convincing.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Can I have it on Forza 5 now?
      • 11 Months Ago
      Nurburgring to be private Tesla test track. Infield to host SpaceX launches. Elon Musk to move into Nurburg castle. You heard it here first.
      Malou H
      • 11 Months Ago
      i always made fun of him but f1 without him would be strange for me. :(
      • 11 Months Ago
      Fun fact: Bernie learned how to shake down race tracks/ hosting cities for money from Watkins Glen Int'l creator, Cam Argetsinger. NOW RETIRE ALREADY FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!
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