- Mar 22, 2014
For the first time in 60 years, 2015 will see Formula 1 go without a Grand Prix in Germany.
GENEVA: The FIA's World Motor Sport Council today announced their decision to officially remove the German Grand Prix from the 2015 Formula 1 schedule.
Tentatively scheduled to take place on July 19, contract negotiations between F1's commercial rights holder, Formula One Management (FOM), and German promoters were unable to find a solution to the licensing and ticketing problems that have jeopardised the profitability of the event in recent years.
While scheduled to take place this year at the Nurburgring - per the agreement to annually alternate with the Hockenheimring - a spokesman for the circuit announced this week that the uncertainties resulting from the ongoing negotiations had made it no longer "economically viable" to host the Grand Prix, with such a short amount of time to prepare.
Despite FOM CEO Bernie Ecclestone saying in January that he would look to return the race to its 2014 venue at Hockenheim, this alternative has also fallen through, as management for the track has similarly stated hosting the race on such short notice would have an adverse effect on the "quality of the event". The Hockenheimring will return to hosting duties in 2016, and again in 2018 to fulfill their 2009 contract.
With the cancellation of the German GP, the 2015 F1 calendar returns to 19 races. There will now be a three-week break between the British Grand Prix on July 5, and the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26.
With a history of Grand Prix racing older than Formula 1 itself, 2015 will mark the first year with no German race since 1955.