Report: Mercedes offered to pay half of German GP losses

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Mercedes offered to pay for half of the losses made by the Hockenheim circuit in a bid to save the German Grand Prix and keep it on the calendar for the 2015 season, it has been revealed.

Earlier this week, the FIA confirmed that there would be no Formula 1 world championship race in Germany for the first time since 1960 after neither Hockenheim nor the Nurburgring could come to an agreement with commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone.

However, according to a report by the Observer in the UK, Mercedes had offered to make up 50% of the losses in a bid to keep the race alive.

“The organization of the race calendar and of individual events is a matter for the FIA, the commercial rights holder and the individual promoters,” a Mercedes spokesperson is quoted as saying.

“In principle, we do not believe it is the job of the competing teams to provide financial support for individual events and we do not believe this is a sustainable model for the future.

“Nevertheless, the German GP is a core race on the Formula 1 calendar and we have a significant interest in this race taking place.

“Mercedes-Benz has participated in discussions and offered a significant contribution to support a successful German GP, at the Hockenheimring, in 2015. This offer was, unfortunately, not accepted.”

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff had previously said that the German marque would try to help and save its home race, and with the Nurburgring also making an offer to Ecclestone to host the race in 2015, it is clear that the event did not go down without a fight.

Although some figures within the sport do expect the race to return in 2016, with the calendar continuing to swell, it could be that both the Nurburgring and Hockenheim face an uphill struggle to host F1 again in the near future.

Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.