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Could F1 lose German Grand Prix?

Could 2015 see no German event on the Formula One calendar?

In recent seasons, thanks to the domination of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, the demand for Formula One in Germany had been so great that it often staged two races.

But last season, with Vettel struggling for Red Bull Racing, even the domination of Mercedes was not enough to bring the crowds to Hockenheim.

In 2015 the German Grand Prix was set to be hosted by the Nurburgring as the German Grand Prix alternates between the two historic race tracks.

The agreement, which has been in place since 2007 has seen the German Grand Prix alternate between the two venues, something which has aided both tracks through financial difficulty.

However whilst Hockenheim held the 2014 German Grand Prix, it initially looked like the Nurburgring was set to be written out of the contract with Formula One as the track has struggled financially in recent years.

In October the Nurburgring was purchased by new Russian owners, but it would appear that striking a new Formula One deal has proved difficult, leaving Hockenheim as the only available venue.

'It's going to be at Hockenheim, we're in the middle of doing something with them. It can't be Nurburgring because there's nobody there,' Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Reuters as quoted by Sky Sports during the early part of January.

'We've got a contract in place [with Hockenheim], we just have to amend the years of the contract.

'It was alternating with Nurburgring so we'll just take that out.”


The race which was scheduled for Race 10 on July 19th [Exclusive to Sky Sports] could now be in jeopardy, as a quick alteration to the contract looks more difficult that first thought.

“We would do everything to stop them fading away, but in the end the only reason the race won’t happen is because they can’t afford to run the race,” he told Sky Sports last week.

“Honestly I don’t know [why the event is struggling], it surprises me. Maybe it’s a little bit that the German people were very used to and supported Michael and miss Michael when he wasn’t racing any longer,'








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Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 27 2015

Time: 11:00AM

 

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