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Bernie Ecclestone’s bonus European race off the 2013 calendar // The 2013 calendar is confirmed at nineteen races only

Published by Christine Blachford

Bernie Ecclestone’s bonus European race off the 2013 calendar
Credit: Mercedes

When the New Jersey race had to pull out of the 2013 calendar, Formula One Management chief Bernie Ecclestone was determined to fill the gap and keep the calendar at twenty races. He introduced a last minute race, at an unspecified destination, due to take place on the 21st July. Speculation had the Turkish Grand Prix making a comeback, or perhaps even the return of racing in Austria or Portugal.

Now, Bernie has reportedly confirmed there will be no twentieth race, after talking to the media in Dubai. At a press day to announce a sponsorship deal with Emirates, Bernie said: “The calendar has been formed already, it’s too late.” He also admitted to being disappointed that they couldn’t get the bonus race finalised, saying: “We can’t suddenly slot it in.”

That being the case, the calendar now shapes up with the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring on the 7th July, then a three week gap to the Hungarian race on the 28th, leading nicely into the traditional summer break.