Hockenheim and the Nurburgring have been put on red-alert following Volkswagen’s announcement that both Porsche and Audi will be joining the championship in 2026, with new hope of a future German Grand Prix.
Formula 1 hasn’t raced in Germany since the highly dramatic 2019 German Grand Prix, where a number of frontrunners crashed in the heavy rain at Hockenheim.
The German Grand Prix has been replaced over recent years by glamorous races in venues such as Miami, however Volkswagen’s recent announcement has given German circuits hope that the sport will return.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali has recently sounded upbeat about a potential return to Germany.
“Something that could happen soon could be very important for Germany to get back on the calendar,” he told DPA news agency.
Jorn Teske, boss of the Hockenheim circuit, is in full agreement with the sport’s CEO.
“I do believe the pressure on Formula 1 will increase and that a race will take place in Germany on a regular basis again,” he said.
“The new manufacturers are very important for Formula 1 and their word carries a lot of weight,”
Nurburgring spokesman Alexander Gerhard, like his counterparts at Hockenheim is open to Formula 1 returning.
“We are still open to all channels to bring Formula 1 back to the Nurburgring.”
Teske has explained his proposal for a future German Grand Prix, with an annual rotation between the two circuits which he believes is “quite conceivable”.
This idea is something Nurburgring would be open to, Gerhard said, “if it fits, it can be alternating.”
This would help both German venues with affording to host a Grand Prix, with races costing between $15-55 million annually according to forbes.
Returning to Germany all depends though on approval from Domenicalli.
F1’s CEO said: “No matter who the organiser is, we have to see what the conditions would have to be to get the race back on the calendar.”