Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said that the German Grand Prix will not be replaced on the calendar if it fails to go ahead in 2015.
The race had been due to be held at the Nurburgring as part of the circuit’s deal to alternate hosting the event with Hockenheim.
However, Ecclestone (pictured) had planned to take the race away from the Nurburgring due to its financial difficulties, but officials at Hockenheim claim that they are not prepared to play host for a second year in a row.
A deadline for a decision has now passed without any firm announcement from either circuit or the sport, and although Ecclestone did not completely write off the race’s chances, he did admit that it will not go ahead as things stand.
“The German Grand Prix is dead at the moment,” Ecclestone told The Independent. “It won’t get replaced if it doesn’t happen.
“As with any race, if it is cancelled it is cancelled. There’s not much we can do.”
Should the race fail to be saved, the 2015 calendar would fall back down to 19 races. With the addition of the Mexican Grand Prix in November, this year’s schedule had been set to equal the record for the most number of events in a season at 20.
The absence of the German Grand Prix would also ease some of the congestion in the calendar over the summer. It is currently scheduled as a back-to-back with the Hungarian Grand Prix in July, and should it be cancelled, we would be left with just a single race in a seven-week period between the British and Belgian Grands Prix.