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German Grand Prix in doubt admits Ecclestone

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21/01/2015

Bernie Ecclestone has admitted that there is a possibility there might not be a German Grand Prix this year.

In recent years the race has alternated between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring, and with the former hosting the race in 2014 it was the latter's turn this season.

However, both circuits are in financial difficulty, especially the Nurburgring, which Ecclestone attempted to buy (twice) last year but failed.

Last week the matter appeared to be settled when the F1 supremo told Reuters... "It's going to be at Hockenheim.

"We're in the middle of doing something with them," he added. "It can't be Nurburgring because there's nobody there."

However, less than a week later, he has confirmed that no such deal has been done.

"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 admitted to Sky Sports News.

Of course, with Mercedes looking to defend its maiden constructors' title, the possibility of Nico Rosberg claiming the drivers' crown, Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari and Nico Hulkenberg at Force India, Ecclestone is fully aware that there will be much interest in this year’s Grand Prix. However, when asked about the possibility of Germans missing out on seeing Vettel repeat Michael Schumacher's career move on home soil and Mercedes not defending its crown in front of its countrymen, he quipped, in his usual style: "They've got one. It's called Austria."

Of course, it is unthinkable that the race won't go ahead, this is merely Ecclestone's way of doing things, especially after losing out in his bid to buy the Nurburgring.

However, it brings home the current state of affairs in the sport whereby circuits, such as the Nurburgring, Hockenheim, Monza and Silverstone, have to pay their own way, often ruining themselves in the process, whilst the newer additions to the calendar are backed by wealthy governments eager to be part of the F1 dream, no matter the cost.

"Let's not forget either that at the height of the Schumacher era Germany could afford to run two races each year, much like Spain did for a while when Alonso was king. However, in both cases, other than the money, the interest is no longer there.

Chris Balfe

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1. Posted by Spindoctor, 23/01/2015 12:10

""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 admitted to Sky Sports News."

They "..can't afford it.." because Bernie is charging ludicrously inflated prices, determined by his dictator pals in places like Azerbaijan. "

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2. Posted by MrShadow, 22/01/2015 21:07

"Foolowing this logic currently England should be going for two races. Somehow it seems the interest is not there..."

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3. Posted by CL, 22/01/2015 13:23

"I'd love to agree that its all just Bernie Bluster, but this is his chance to make several points all at the same time...

Missing out on the purchase and how much better it would have been if he was in charge
The German court cases and fines
The decline of Europe and its inability to afford luxuries like F1 races
The decline of F1 support in the traditional markets (but not TV rights, of course...they are still worth paying him millions for)
His cultural insensitivity (really? Austria is an annex of Germany?)
I'm sure there are more.

Maybe he will step in as the White knight at the last second and save everyone from the evils of no German Grand Prix...but he will only do it if he can make a fortune from it.

"

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4. Posted by tomhoc, 21/01/2015 21:24

"Is the declining Euro causing European promoters increased difficulty?"

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