Ex-F1 driver reveals what has ‘destroyed’ Germany’s interest in Formula 1

Germany hasn't hosted a Grand Prix since 2020 at the Nurburgring.

With so much history between Germany and Formula 1, fans have begged for the championship to return to the home of Mercedes instead of racing in money-rich countries.

However, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has insisted that Germany isn’t showing any interest in hosting a race.

The official German Grand Prix last took place in 2019 at Hockenheim, a race which will long go down as one of the greatest in the modern history of the sport.

The race saw a number of drivers go off the circuit in what were treacherous conditions, resulting in a bizarre podium of Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel, and astonishingly, Daniil Kvyat.

Had it not been for the pandemic then that would’ve been the last time F1 had raced in Germany; however, the Nurburgring hosted the Eifel GP in 2020 as a replacement race for one of the many which were cancelled as a result of the pandemic.

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With the pandemic all but over, Germany appears to be a forgotten country for the championship, with no race in the Western European country looking likely anytime soon.

Both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring have insisted that they simply can’t afford to host a race, but Domenicali has snapped back and insisted that to host the best motorsport in the world “you have to spend a lot of money for it”.

Considering that one of the greatest teams in the history of the sport are German, and that one of the greatest drivers to have driven in the championship is German, it’s crazy to think the series doesn’t visit the nation.

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Audi joining the series and potentially Porsche, are yet further reasons as to why the sport should return to Germany, with Mercedes and Mick Schumacher already being in the championship.

Domenicali was asked about the likelihood of a race in Germany during a recent interview, where he revealed that it’s him “pushing” for it, not the country.

“If someone pushes for a German GP, it’s me,” the Italian told Der Spiegel.

“I don’t see any representative in Germany who sits down with us and makes a constructive suggestion.”

Domenicali likened the privilege of hosting a race to owning a “Picasso” painting, with the Italian insisting that there is a way for the German GP to return, with a potential “business model” easily viable.

“We know that the value of a race in Europe is different than in other parts of the world,” said Domenicali.

“If you want a Picasso, you have to spend a lot of money for it.

“A grand prix with such a large fan base could be turned into a business model.

“My door is wide open for any conversation,” the Italian insisted.

Ex-German F1 driver Timo Glock has explained that at the moment there simply isn’t enough interest in Germany to try and host a race, with “hardly anyone” wanting to start racing.

“The problem is that hardly anyone wants to get into motorsport at the moment because it is considered to be harmful to the climate and backward-looking,” he told Auto Bild.

“That has destroyed the entire base.”

F1’s motorsport director Ross Brawn who is set to retire at the end of the year, wants to see Formula 1 return to the nation.

The 67-year-old has highlighted that Schumacher must be kept on in F1 to increase the Germans interest in the championship, with German kids needing an idol for them to “hang posters on the wall” of.

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“I hope it helps to get a German GP back, because it frustrates me that we don’t have this race on the calendar at the moment,” Brawn told Sport1.

“It is one of our biggest goals for the future.

“It’s why it’s also extremely important that Mick Schumacher continues his career in Formula 1. As fascinating and important as the technology in Formula 1 is, the kids hang posters on the wall of their heroes at the wheel.”