According to reports in Germany, there will be no Grand Prix held at Hockenheim this year after the circuit’s boss Georg Seiler said the time has passed to put a deal together.
The race has been alternated between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim since 2007 to help share the financial burden of hosting the event.
However, in January, Bernie Ecclestone announced that the Nurburgring could not stage the race this year because “there’s nobody there,” and that the circuit is facing too many financial problems.
The Nurburgring’s new Russian owner Viktor Kharitonin – who bought the venue last October – does not have a current contract to host a Formula 1 event. As a result, Ecclestone confirmed he was in talks with Hockenheim to host the event.
Now that idea has seemingly fallen through as well, as the Hockenheim circuit cannot afford to host the event two years running with poor ticket sales, despite having a four-time German world champion on the grid in Sebastian Vettel, as well as a dominant Mercedes outfit.
“We have no more hope that the Formula 1 takes place here. We have done everything in the last few years everything to make the fans happy,” Seiler was quoted by Bild.
“The time has expired, to organize a race here. Otherwise, the quality of the event would have suffered.”
Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda gave his reasoning as to why the German Grand Prix is failing whilst talking to BBC 5 Live.
“There are races like Melbourne, like Austria, like Silverstone where people turn up and are entertained for the whole weekend. So it’s really the organisers’ fault, especially in Germany; they are not attractive enough, for the money they (the fans) have to pay to watch a race,” Lauda said.
“It’s not only a two hour race; it starts on Friday and ends on Sunday, like in Melbourne. They are the best example.
“If they (German organisers) would do the same job, they would have nothing to worry about.”
Ecclestone remains positive he can come to an agreement and make the German Grand Prix happen. Although, it must be said that if the race got the go-ahead, ticket sales would fall even further due to the fact the event is scheduled less than four months away.
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