German Grand Prix ‘could disappear from F1 calendar’

Fears have been expressed that the German Grand Prix could disappear from the Formula One calendar.

The country is next due to stage the event in 2010 but it has been reported that there is no guarantee that it will take place.

Hockenheim boss Josef Schmidt told Sunday’s edition of Der Tagesspiegel paper: "There will be no more Formula One in Hockenheim without state funds."

Four German drivers currently compete in the sport – Nick Heidfeld, Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil and Nico Rosberg.

But Germans’ love of F1 has declined since the retirement of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, according to a Reuters report.

If Germany was to lose its position as a Grand Prix host it would be quite a fall from grace. It staged two races each season from 1995-2006 (in Hockenheim and Nuerburgring).

Financial reasons have already led to Canada and France being unable to stage events next year, with Bahrain and Abu Dhabi taking their place.

Written by James Christie

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