Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hockenheim to host 2015 German Grand Prix

(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)

The Hockenheim circuit in Germany will host the 2015 German Grand Prix after the Nurburgring failed to reach an agreement with commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone.

The Hockenheim and Nurburgring circuit’s changed ownership in 2014 and Ecclestone told the Reuters news agency that the German Grand Prix can’t happen as there is no one there to host the race. Ecclestone revealed that they just need to amend the years of the existing contract with the Hockenheimring to enable the race to go ahead.

The German Grand Prix has alternated between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring after Valencia took over hosting the European Grand Prix in 2008 and held its last race in 2013.

This year the Nurburgring had been due to host the German Grand Prix however that now seems unlikely.

Mr Ecclestone revealed that he had been interested in purchasing the circuit however his offer was rejected. The circuit went back on sale after the deal to sell the circuit fell through.

He confirmed that right now he doesn’t know what is happening with the circuit. The German Grand Prix where ever it may be is scheduled to take place on July 19 following the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

© Ben Johnston 2015

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