2015 German Grand Prix Moved from Nürburgring to Hockenheim
17 Janvier 2015 - Autoblog
Formula One races switch venues all the time. Just look at the United States Grand Prix, which has changed locations more times than a family in the military.
But the German Grand Prix is in the unique situation of regularly swapping between two locations: Hockenheim and the Nürburgring. This year was supposed to be the latter's turn, but instead, the race will stay at the latter.
The unique arrangement for one of the F1 calendar's oldest standbys has seen the race switch back and forth between the two rival circuits for over sixty years. It was held every year (with few exceptions) at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife from 1950 until 1976. A new F1 circuit was later constructed at the Nürburgring, but the grand prix has been held at Hockenheim more times in the years since – including unbroken stretches from 1977 through 1984 and from 1986 to 2006.
That's when the alternating arrangement was penned between the two circuits. But after a long period of uncertainty, the Nürburgring was finally taken over by new owners last year (while it was Hockenheim's turn to host), and now those new owners have apparently proven unwilling or unable to pay the reportedly high fees demanded by Bernie Ecclestone and his Formula One Management company to host the race.
So instead of seeing the race return to the Nürburgring GP-Strecke this year, it will remain at the Hockenheimring. Whether it'll ever return to Eiffel, we won't know, but it's not as if the older track will be hurting for races this year, as both the World Touring Car Championship and the World Endurance Championship – both top-level, FIA-sanctioned international racing series – will be holding new races at the Nürburgring in 2015.