One of Formula 1’s more iconic Grands Prix now is likely to appear off the calendar for 2015, with Hockenheim’s circuit chief telling Germany’s Bild that the track can’t host the race.
Georg Seiler, Hockenheim’s boss, said the track has run out of time to suitably put together the race this season.
“We have no more hope that the Formula 1 race takes place here. We have done in the last few years everything to make the fans happy,” Seiler said to Bild (German).
“The time has expired, to organize a race here. Otherwise, the quality of the event would have suffered.”
The news comes a day after Bernie Ecclestone told The Independent that if the German round fell off the calendar, it wouldn’t be replaced.
This news comes after a bit of a saga for the race to stay on the calendar, when a decision had been due before the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Ecclestone said if the German round happened, it would be at Hockenheim instead of the Nurburgring, as the Nurburgring was due up in the rotation this season. But several weeks later the race’s future fell into question, even though Ecclestone said he was trying to save it.
Nico Rosberg, who nearly won last year’s World Championship and is one of three German drivers on the grid (Sebastian Vettel, Nico Hulkenberg) expressed concern at the first test of the winter in Jerez about the race’s future.
With the German race set to drop off, it would leave a 19-race calendar for the 2015 season.
The last year without a German Grand Prix was 2007, but the Nurburgring did play host to the European Grand Prix that season.
It’s been since 1955 that a Formula 1 season has not included a race in Germany.
Official confirmation would still need to come from the FIA on the German race. But barring a Manor-like, 11th hour revival, it appears the German Grand Prix is dead for 2015.