Gastaldi expects German GP to return in 2016

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Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has expressed his dismay following the scrapping of the 2015 German Grand Prix, but feels confident that the race will return next season.

Due to financial issues being faced by both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring, neither circuit was able to host the race in July, leading to its cancellation on Friday by the FIA.

Gastaldi feels disappointed that there will be no F1 event in Germany for the first time since 1960, but believes that the teams will still be kept busy with a 19-race schedule in 2015.

“It’s not looking promising for this year, but I’m sure we’ll be back in 2016,” Gastaldi said. “It’s of course a shame for everyone, especially all the German fans who wanted to come see Formula 1, but these things happen sometimes in the commercial world.

“For the team we know we have 19 races. 20 races makes for a long season so we still have a pretty full season even if one race is dropped.”

Lotus endured a tough start to the season in Australia last weekend after both Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean retired from the race on the first lap.

Nevertheless, Gastaldi remains confident that his team can fight back at next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix and score its first points of the season.

“Points – that’s what we’re here for,” he said. “We want to see progress from the start we made at Albert Park and it would be fantastic to have both cars greet the checkered flag with a good clutch of points stashed away.

“Of course, this is what every team is trying to do, but we’re battling hard at Enstone to make this happen.”