Reigning Formula 1 World Champions Mercedes has revealed that they tried to keep the German Grand Prix on this year’s calendar by offering financial help to the Hockenheimring bosses.
“The German GP is a core race on the Formula One calendar and we have a significant interest in this race taking place,” the German car maker said in a statement.
“The organisation of the race calendar and of individual events is a matter for the FIA, the commercial rights holder and the individual promoters. In principle, we do not believe it is the job of the competing teams to provide financial support for individual events and we do not believe this is a sustainable model for the future,” however “Mercedes-Benz has participated in discussions and offered a significant contribution to support a successful German GP, at the Hockenheimring, in 2015. This offer was unfortunately not accepted.”
Mercedes reportedly offered to cover half of any potential losses and pay for a significant amount of promotion after the Hockenheim circuit boss, Georg Seiler, claimed there would not be enough time to market the event properly to guarantee high ticket sales.
The Nürburgring was in fact ready to organise the event despite their financial losses, so the race may have been saved if Mercedes had of offered the same financial assistance to them.
One can assume that it wasn’t in Bernie Ecclestone’s or Mercedes’ interest for the race to take place at the Nürburgring.
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