There are ongoing efforts to breathe life back into the dormant German GP.
Recent years have seen a decrease in the country’s interest in F1, with Nico Hulkenberg as the sole active driver and both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring absent from the race calendar.
“I don’t think we’ll see a grand prix in Germany for a long time,” four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel remarked to the SID news agency this week.
“I think it’s a shame, but I understand why. The decisive pressure from the German automotive industry is missing but maybe also we’re fed up, spoiled by success.
“One thing is certain,” Vettel noted. “Motorsport has become too expensive and therefore too exclusive.”
However, the political arena is making strides to see Germany reinstated on the F1 calendar.
Bild newspaper has reported that the FDP parliamentary group, Freie Demokratische Partei, has presented a position paper in the federal Bundestag. This paper is directed towards bolstering young motorsport talent and seeking the return of the German GP.
“Our aim with the position paper is to show a signal of appreciation and to trigger a debate,” said FDP’s sports spokesman Philipp Hartewig.
“We would be in favour of a race coming back to Germany.”