Nurburgring chiefs are optimistic that they will be able to secure a fresh deal to keep running the German Grand Prix, with its current contract running out after this weekend's race.
The Nurburgring has alternated with the hosting of its event with Hockenheim since 2007, in a bid for the two venues to reduce costs, and it is hoped that the arrangement can now continue for the long term.
Karl-Josef Schmidt, who was recently appointed the COO of the Nurburgring after moving from a similar role at Hockenheim, hoped that contract talks would begin with Bernie Ecclestone after this weekend's GP.
"This is the last race we have under the existing contract, and the normal conclusion is that we have to negotiate a new contract as we did at Hockenheim," Schmidt said. "At Hockenheim we were successful, so why should we not be successful here? There is a very clever method of alternating between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring, and all arguments are in favor of continuing that. And I think Bernie would see it the same way."
Schmidt said he did not believe pressure from Green party politicians in the local coalition government would hurt subsidies that the track receives, as he said he would make an appointment to meet Ecclestone soon.
"The F1 race is not the place to negotiate a contract. Any meetings here are for 10 minutes, and for a contract you need time and peace. We will try and find a negotiating appointment with him now."
Schmidt said he expected around 65,000 spectators at Sunday's GP.