The decision of German state premier Gunther Oettinger to cancel his meeting with Bernie Ecclestone this weekend was interpreted as a blow to Hockenheim's hopes of retaining its F1 race.

The decision of German state premier Gunther Oettinger to cancel his meeting with Bernie Ecclestone this weekend was interpreted as a blow to Hockenheim's hopes of retaining its F1 race.

But although it is true the prime minister's Nurburgring audience will not take place due to the Ecclestone-Hitler saga, moves to resolve Hockenheim's financial difficulties will continue nonetheless, it has emerged.

For obvious reasons, a leader of Germany's Christian Democratic Union party could not at this time be meeting with a man accused of sympathising with tyrant Adolf Hitler.

Hockenheim managing director Karl Josef Schmidt said he was "shocked" by the affair and would not comment on what effect it would have on the future of the circuit's formula one race.

But Auto Motor und Sport reports that the Nurburgring meeting on Sunday is still to take place, with a lawyer or another representative of the Baden-Wurttemberg state to join Ecclestone instead.

The news was confirmed by government spokesman Christoph Dahl.

 

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