The management of Formula 1 does not assume that Germany will return to the racing calendar anytime soon – but does not see the reasons for this in the premier class. “The German Grand Prix is important to me,” said managing director Stefano Domenicali to the “RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland” (RND): “Unfortunately, I don’t see any real interest from Germany in becoming part of the Formula 1 calendar again.”
This is “a shame. I can’t really believe that the German market is no longer interested in Formula 1,” Domenicali continued: “With Sebastian Vettel you have a four-time world champion. And you have Mick Schumacher, who stands at the beginning of a promising career.” The Italian wants to “try to shake up the German market.”
Since the race in Hockenheim in 2019, there has officially been no more German Grand Prix. In the course of the Corona upheaval, the Nürburgring moved back into the calendar at short notice in 2020 with a Grand Prix of the Eifel.
For the German routes, Formula 1 was becoming more and more of a loss-making business, since the system established under ex-boss Bernie Ecclestone required initial fees in the millions. The US company Liberty Media, which now holds the rights, did not shake this system despite initial protestations.
Formula 1 is targeting other regions
The premier class is already targeting other regions. The Grand Prix will celebrate its premiere in Miami in May. “The USA are important to us,” said Domenicali. “The other region that we shouldn’t underestimate is the Far East.” In Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), a regular Chinese driver will be at the start this year for the first time: “Interest from China is growing, which is why the region will also become our focus.”
In addition, “a comeback in Africa – whether in the north or south” is part of the considerations: “But how quickly that works will also depend on the situation around COVID.”