With the Malaysian Grand Prix and Sepang exiting the Formula One Calendar from 2018 onward and the Brazilian Grand Prix in doubt, the German Grand Prix is now expected to pull out of the 2017 F1 season too.
The Hockenheim organizers have rejected Bernie Ecclestone’s latest proposed fee, which, coinciding with pressure for the track to update it’s facilities, has seen another classic Grand Prix slip off of the calendar.
A month ago, negotiations seemed to be stalling but there was some optimism that a deal could be struck with a spokesperson from the circuit saying,
“The listing of the Hockenheimring seems to be provisional, since there is no new status of negotiations and no agreement for 2017.
Hockenheim is certainly interested in hosting the race if Nürburgring declines (according to the alternating system that was in place since 2007 – 2017 would be Nürburgring’s turn) and [if] the conditions are right, meaning there is no financial risk for the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH.”
– Hockenheim Spokesperson
The big question is, will Formula One lose it’s appeal from losing continuity in the form of familiar circuits, or will it rejuvenate under additions to the calendar? Either way, the drastic changes in Formula One continue under Liberty Media’s ownership.