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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Hockenheim latest to ask for help

German Formula One Grand Prix: Race

Hockenheim says its participation in F1 can’t go on without serious financial help from the government and better terms from the sport.

"Without grants from the state (of Baden-Wuerttemberg) there will be no more Formula One in Hockenheim," Reuters reports circuit boss Karl-Josef Schmidt told Der Tagesspiegel.

Der Tagesspiegel reports the circuit lost 5.3 million euros (£4.8m) on this year's grand prix as German interest in the sport has waned since the 2006 retirement of seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher.

During the height of Michael-mania, Germany hosted two dates on the F1 calendar. In recent years the country’s one date has alternated between Hockenheim and the Nuerburgring.

The German Grand Prix is slated to return to Hockenheim in 2010, but Schmidt warns that without better terms from Formula 1, Germany is likely to drop off the calendar entirely, joining France and North America on the sidelines.

"Formula One will disappear not just from Hockenheim but from Germany as a whole," he said. "Then it will only be run in Arab countries."

The state is less than enthusiastic about getting involved, Reuters reports.

Meanwhile, if the British Grand Prix’s move to Donington actually does come off, organizers plan to have spectators only use public transportation to get to the circuit.

Roadway infrastructure and parking were some of Bernie Ecclestone’s pet peeves with Silverstone, and Donington has similar limitations. It now looks as if organizers has chosen a novel approach to those issues, with fans able to book transportation, tickets and accommodation in one package.

"This will be the first public transport Grand Prix. We are not bringing cars here," grandprix.com reports Simon Gillett, chief executive of Donington Ventures Leisure Ltd. said. "We are looking to use public transport from all the major conurbations, the airport and the Parkway station."
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

They can forget "better terms from the sport". Pricing a few venues out to open a few spots on the calendar is exactly what Bernie wants. If any track gets a break, it will be Shanghai.

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