Nico Rosberg: Germany has to be part of F1 calendar

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Nico Rosberg has urged the powers that be to ensure the German Grand Prix goes ahead this year as the event continues to face an uncertain future at the beginning of the 2015 season.

With the Nurburgring opting out of the former race rotation strategy, the Hockenheimring looked set to become the sole host of the German Grand Prix, but it is yet to come to an agreement with FOM as it struggles to stump up the cash necessary to secure its place.

Indeed, the German event has come under scrutiny in recent years for its falling attendance and ongoing financial issues, though the market remains a significant one given the high proportion of German drivers on the grid – Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg – and the might of the Mercedes team.

With this in mind, Rosberg says he would be particularly disappointed to see one of what he term’s as his home races dropped from the schedule.

“The German Grand Prix has to be a part of the Formula 1 championship. It is such a legendary race and the country is so well represented in the sport and it is one of my two home races. I hope that it will happen but I don’t know any details.”

His sentiments are echoed by Toto Wolff, though he says Daimler is not planning to add its weight to the negotiations, even if it has been involved in discussions.

“It is not Daimler’s primary duty to get involved in the negotiations between the promoter and the commercial rights holder, but the German Grand Prix is very important for us so that is why we try to help out. These are complex negotiations about rights and I would say that we are playing the role of facilitator at the moment, but it is not sorted.”


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