The German Grand Prix is set to be omitted from the 2015 calendar after talks between Formula 1 promoters and the bosses of the Hockenheimring broke down.
The Nurburgring was initially set to host the race in 2015 as part of the agreement between themselves and Hockenheim to share the German Grand Prix, but the circuit came under new ownership, and talks between Bernie Ecclestone and the track’s new owners collapsed.
Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler revealed that despite talks going on between him and Mr Ecclestone, no agreement has been able to be sorted out, and time has now run out to be able to host a Grand Prix in 2015.
“We have no more hope that the Formula 1 race takes place here,” Mr Seiler told German newspaper Bild. “We did everything we could in the last few years to make the fans happy.
“Time has run out to organise the race here. Otherwise, [there was a risk that] the quality of the event would have suffered.”
Hockenheim’s apparent admission that it will not be hosting a Grand Prix this season means Mr Ecclestone can inform the FIA the race will not be run and can be officially cancelled.
The likelihood now is the 2015 Formula 1 season will drop down to nineteen races, with a longer gap now between the British and Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The lack of a race in Germany would also affect both the GP2 and GP3 Series‘ as they would have run races as support to the Formula 1 race.