Berlin Formula 1 will drive in Germany again next year. In the race calendar for the next season published on Friday, the race in Hockenheim is planned for July 28th. Previously, a new contract for the traditional race threatened to fail for a long time due to money.
The track operators only wanted to be hosts in the coming year if Formula 1 significantly reduced the required entry fees of allegedly around 21 million euros and so there was no risk of losses.
Now the racing series confirmed the conclusion of a new one-year contract. “This shows that everyone involved in Formula 1 is working together to secure the long-term future of the sport and its fans,” Formula 1 boss Chase Carey was quoted in the message. The negotiations were “trustful, constructive and solution-oriented,” said Ring Managing Director Georg Seiler.
The previous contract for the German race in Hockenheim ended this year with the 36th appearance of the premier class in North Baden. Due to the high financial burden and the reduced audience interest, Hockenheim had only hosted the World Cup run every two years. This year, however, more than 70,000 spectators had made the Grand Prix a success.
There have been a total of 77 Formula 1 races on German circuits so far, in 1959 even on the Avus in Berlin. The Nürburgring was held 40 times. However, the Eifel course went bankrupt a few years ago and has not been on the Grand Prix calendar since 2013.
At the height of the Formula 1 boom in Germany triggered by Michael Schumacher’s success, there were even two races between 1995 and 2006, one in Hockenheim and one at the Nürburgring. Under the leadership of Bernie Ecclestone, however, the racing series was constantly looking for new markets and awarded World Championship races to countries that were willing to pay significantly higher entry fees.
This price screw continues to cause major problems for the traditional routes in the core European market. Monza recently warned that the Ferrari home game would soon come to an end because the race was running high losses.
In total, the racing calendar for 2019 includes 21 races again this year. It starts with the Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia on March 17th. The final will be held on December 1st in Abu Dhabi.