According to reports in the German Press on Thursday, the 2017 German Grand Prix will not be taking place on the Hockenheim Circuit after negotiations between the hosts and Formula One Management failed to reach a successful conclusion.
Like Malaysia’s race, the reason behind the failed deal all comes down to money and the fact that it is simply not financially viable for them to pay to the exorbitant fees required and not have the figures coming through the gate to recoup the outlay.
For F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, the loss comes as no surprise as he knew the economics of the situation were dire.
This means however, that next year’s calendar will now only feature 20 races instead of the planned 21, unless of course Ecclestone can find another venue at very short notice. It also means that even if Nico Rosberg wins the title this weekend, he as champion, won’t have a home race next season, nor will his championship winning Mercedes team.