Ecclestone said goodbye to German Grand Prix
Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said that German Grand Prix will not be held in 2017.
In 2015 German Grand Prix was excluded from calendar, for the first time in more than 50 years, due to dispute with Nurburgring circuit owner, and same track is planned to be host of the race in 2017. Hockenheim is confirmed for 2016 and that race probably can be last in Germany for a longer time.
Germans lost interest
Ecclestone is surprised with a lack of interest for Grand Prix in Germany, knowing that Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg were or are top drivers and among most popular German sportsmen, while Mercedes dominates Manufacturers championship over last two seasons.
“I don’t know what’s going wrong, but Germany obviously lost interest in Formula 1. That’s a mistery for me,” says Ecclestone and blames Nurburgring for problems.
“I agreed to buy Nurburgring when it was for sale, but they came back to inform me about offer they get and which was million or two higher. They accepted that offer and got the troubles. I could ensure the race there for 100 years, so I am annoyed because we lost race at Nurburgring”.
Ecclestone is not optimistic that anything will be changed in the future.
“I can say for sure that there won’t be race in 2017. Next year we are fine with Hockenheim because we have contract which is not a good one, but still is valid one,” said Ecclestone.