MARCH 17, 1997
Nurburgring grabs long-term deal
The threat of losing out to Asia was the primary motivation for the circuit owners - Nurburgring GmbH to sign the deal. Ecclestone demanded that the circuit undertakes the build of a new medical center.
In Melbourne, Ecclestone said that Europe would have to lose at least two Grands Prix to make way for races in Asia. The French, British, Spanish, Austrian, San Marino, Italian and Luxembourg GPs all have long-term deals and Belgium, Monaco and Germany are unlikely to be dropped. This means that the races most at risk are the Portuguese and Hungarian GPs.