The Hockenheim circuit looks set to stage back-to-back German Grands Prix, according to quotes attributed to Bernie Ecclestone.
This year’s event’s location was listed as ‘TBD’ on the final version of the 2015 FIA calendar, which was updated upon official confirmation of the Korean Grand Prix dropping off the schedule.
Germany’s race has alternated between Hockenheim and the Nürburgring since 2008, and the Eifel venue was expected to return to the calendar this season. Ecclestone has, however, now claimed that the Grand Prix will remain at Hockenheim.
“It’s going to be at Hockenheim,” Ecclestone told Reuters.
“We’re in the middle of doing something with them and it can’t be Nürburgring, because there’s nobody there. We’ve got a contract in place with Hockenheim, we just have to amend the years of the contract. It was alternating with Nürburgring so we’ll just take that out,” he explained.
The Nürburgring is going through an ownership change at the moment, although Hockenheim wasn’t immune from problems: despite the presence of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, the 2014 race suffered from poor attendance thanks to a significant hike in ticket prices.
The German Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on July 16-19.
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