F1 boss hints at German GP yield interest amid Audi and Porsche arrivals

The last German GP was held at Hockenheim in 2019, while the Nürburgring hosted the one-off Eifel GP in the first COVID-hit season of 2020.

The latter event only took place because cheap offers were available to circuits at the time to fill gaps in the calendar, but any future event must be commercially attractive to F1.

Hockenheim is known to have expressed an interest in filling the September date left open this year by the canceled Russian GP, ​​although it is logistically impossible to allocate a European venue immediately before the Singapore and Japanese GPs use.

When asked about the possibility of a race in Germany, Domencali made clear reference to the entry of the VW Group.

“The German landscape is definitely a very interesting landscape,” he said in an interview with Wall Street analysts. “No matter who the promoter is going to be we need to see what the action could be if need be so we can put that back on the calendar.

“I’m sure if you want to do that concretely, something that could happen soon could be very important [for it] back on the calendar.”

However, ex-world champion Sebastian Vettel doubts that one of the German venues can afford a Grand Prix.

“I think if you look at the places we’re going, Germany isn’t ready to pay that much money to have the Grand Prix,” he said. “Other regions and other countries in Europe are struggling.

“It would be a shame to lose in Germany, it would be a shame to lose in Spa, it would be a shame to lose in Spain, which has been talked about a lot. If these countries are not willing to pay the high entry fees anymore, they will fall from this list.

“We’ll see what happens in the next few years, but it would be great if Germany was back on the calendar.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, lead the field at the start

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Regarding the future F1 schedule, Domenicali insisted he would like to keep a mix of new venues and more traditional racing in Europe.

“We proved to be as flexible as possible in the COVID situation to maximize the fact that we wanted to have a great championship,” said the Italian.

“And then it is our duty to make sure we are a World Cup first and we invest either with partners or with us who are directly involved to ensure that the strategic markets that are going to be crucial will participate of that.

“The USA has experienced an unbelievable boom in the last two years, I would say. And the duty is to make sure we can maximize impact even more, but we have other areas of the world that need to be developed. which, by virtue of tradition, must be respected.

“But tradition doesn’t mean it’s something to be taken for granted. Tradition is a great base on which we will build a better future. Europe needs to stay safe, with a good number of races on our calendar, you.” will stay.”

He added: “But we must not forget that we want to invest in the Far East world. We are affected by COVID, but there is great potential for growth there.

“We have other areas of the world [such as] Africa where we can develop business there. So it’s a great moment for us to maximize the opportunities to see what would be the right timeline for the future of F1.”

Regarding the details of next year’s schedule, Domenicali clarified that 2023 will be the start of the planned rotation of some events that will no longer be held every year.

“We talked about Las Vegas, that will be on the calendar,” he said. “Of course that is the only thing we have announced for next year. And I would say, on the other hand, you will soon see what our strategy will be.

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“And we have to respect the process as we discuss it. And we won’t announce it until the end of the summer at the earliest because that’s something we want to keep and that’s being expressed in the right way by local promoters.”

He added: “We’re not going to take the opportunity to have some locations on rotation out of the equation as it provides leverage for multiple markets.

“As I said, that’s really our strategic thinking in relation to our future calendar.”

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