Formula 1: Stefano Domenicali discusses potential of German GP return to calendar

Kimi Raikkonen & Sebastian Vettel driving at Hockenheim

Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has given an update on a potential return for the German Grand Prix to the calendar in the future.

In the past, the German Grand Prix was a staple of the F1 schedule, with both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring hosting the race, whilst we would also sometimes see the country visited twice in a year with the latter hosting the European Grand Prix or even the Luxembourg Grand Prix at points.

In more recent years, though, we’ve gradually seen a fall away from the calendar for races in Germany, with circuit organisers citing the cost hosting a Formula 1 race generates financially as the main reason.

Stefano Domenicali on a German Grand Prix return

Stefano Domenicali at the Dutch GP
ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS – SEPTEMBER 04: Stefano Domenicali, CEO of the Formula One Group, and Mohammed ben Sulayem, FIA President, walk on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Circuit Zandvoort on September 04, 2022 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Indeed, it’s a general trend we have seen in F1 with the calendar becoming far less European-based and going increasingly global, with new venues able to pay top dollar to host a Grand Prix in one of the biggest growing sports in terms of popularity around.

We’ve lost the French Grand Prix for 2023 as well, of course, whilst the Belgian Grand Prix has only had a stay of execution for next year, and it seems as though Germany might not be hosting a race again any time soon.


Indeed, whilst Domenicali has said he’d love to head back to the country and go racing, he feels there’s just not enough interest from organisers to get one lined up:

“If someone pushes for a German GP, it’s me,” he said to Der Spiegel.

“I don’t see any representative in Germany who sits down with us and makes a constructive suggestion.

“We know that the value of a race in Europe is different than in other parts of the world. If you want a Picasso, you have to spend a lot of money for it.

“My door is wide open for any conversation.”

A decline in German motorsport?

Sebastian Vettel driving at Hockenheim
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 22: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF71H on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 22, 2018 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

There’s been a general decline in the number of German drivers on the grid.

Not so long ago we’d have Germany as one of the best-represented nations in F1, inspired by Michael Schumacher, whilst big brands like BMW were also involved.

Now, though, we might have no German driver on the grid at all for 2023, with Sebastian Vettel retiring and Mick Schumacher’s future in doubt, though we do at least have the Mercedes brand, and the likes of Audi arriving, in that regard.

Clearly, though, it might be a few years yet before F1 returns to Germany.


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