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Mateschitz, not Ecclestone, also eyeing Nurburgring rescue (Update) UPDATE (GMM)  Bernie Ecclestone on Sunday performed a swift u-turn, having said earlier he is "thinking about" buying the financially embattled Nurburgring.

"If I do that (buy the circuit)," the F1 chief executive had told Die Welt newspaper, "it would mean the German grand prix is secure in the future".

According to quotes that will appear in the Rhein-Zeitung newspaper on Monday, however, 82-year-old Briton Ecclestone has had a rapid change of heart.

"I thought about it and it (buying the Nurburgring) is not practical for me," he said.

Ecclestone's latest comments follow reports Red Bull mogul Dietrich Mateschitz, Nurburgring chief Jorg Lindner and the German automobile club ADAC are also interested in bidding for the fabled circuit.

Ecclestone said he hopes someone buys the Nurburgring "as we enjoy being here".

"We are always happy to come here," he added, "especially as we've been coming here for so long."

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(GMM)  Two more candidates have emerged as potential buyers of the embattled Nurburgring.

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, already controlling the Paul Ricard and Istanbul tracks, revealed this weekend he is "thinking about" rescuing the financially-troubled German grand prix venue.

But German media reports say a few other parties are also interested in buying the fabled Nurburgring.

The Kolner Express and Bild newspapers claim Red Bull team owner Dietrich Mateschitz - who bought, demolished, rebuilt and launched the former A1-Ring in Austria - is one potential bidder.

Another is the Nurburgring track boss Jorg Linder, and yet another is the German automobile club ADAC (Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club).

"The bids must all be placed by September," said Bild.

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