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Report: Nurburgring to host German GP annually starting next year

Jun 17, 2014, 7:28 PM EDT

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The German Grand Prix has alternated between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim on a yearly basis since 2008. But that may soon be changing.

A German newspaper, the Rhein Zeitung, is reporting that the Nurburgring – which was sold earlier this year to automotive group Capricorn – has secured a five-year agreement with Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone to stage the German Grand Prix annually, starting in 2015.

Hockenheim will stage this year’s German round and is currently slated to do the same in 2016 and 2018.

Regarding the reported agreement, Hockenheim chief executive Georg Seiler was quoted by Australian news agency AAP saying: “The fact is that I was surprised by the news.”

He also said in the AAP report that he had “always known and respected Mr. Ecclestone as a fair and good partner.”

Back in 2006, it was announced that this particular race would flip between Nurburgring and Hockenheim in the face of both tracks facing financial struggles.

However, a dispute between the tracks over naming rights caused the 2007 race to run at Nurburgring under the European Grand Prix moniker. The German GP proper returned in 2008 at Hockenheim.

It is also being reported that as part of Capricorn’s deal to purchase Nurburgring, 25 million Euros will be earmarked for expansion of the track. Leading up to the Capricorn deal, Ecclestone said that he had put in a bid for Nurburgring, which proved unsuccessful.

The track went into bankruptcy in 2012 after previous owners amassed major debts following construction of an entertainment complex that included a shopping mall and amusement park.

  1. kitnamania13 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    I hope the two tracks continue to alternate the race. Neither track is particularly compelling in its current state, so we’re not losing anything by switching.

    • testover6370 - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Hockenheim really doesn’t do it for me. At least the Nurburgring GP Strecke has elevation change.

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 17, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    The former owners of Der Nurburgring almost killed a legendary race track thru their stupidity on how to market it. Hopefully the new owners are far smarter and will improve the existing facilities which are decent already. Hockenheim isn’t bad either so if they were to continue to alternate the F1 race it would not be the end of the world as far as I am concerned.

    • worknman24hours - Jun 17, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Well put.

      The track NEEDS TO MAKE MONEY.

      If hosting the F1 race means the track has to forfeit all the profits to Bernie to host it,then the owners will need to find other venues to race there.

      Maybe invite Indycar and Nascar to race there as well.

      Bring all racing series there to race.

  3. kando53 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:52 PM

    Would love to see F1 back at Nurburgring full time once again. Hope they handle it well.

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