D he last took place in 1960. No Formula 1 races German soil. The Nürburgring consoled itself 55 years ago with a Formula 2 race on the Südschleife. This time the space in the calendar remains empty. Hosting the race was too risky for the Hockenheimring and the Nürburgring. The price quoted by Bernie Ecclestone would not have been eligible for refinancing. The last few years had seen strong decreases in attendance at both venues. In addition, the negotiations took too long. In March they no longer sell 60,000 tickets, which would have been necessary to survive at least with a black zero.
Fatal signal effect
The cancellation of the race fits in seamlessly with the series of bad messages that Formula 1 has been sending out recently. Bernie Ecclestones has no sentimentality on this point. His maxim was always: 'Anyone who sits down at a poker table should have enough money in their pockets.' But in this case, Formula 1 Zampano cannot make it that easy. After France, Germany is the second motorsport heartland to be removed from the calendar. Interest may be waning, but it's still bigger than in Malaysia, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, China, Russia or Azerbaijan, where Formula 1 will pitch its tents next year.
Formula 1 should be first drive where your audience sits. Keeping the fans is still an easier task than attracting new ones. Especially when you don't have any ideas on how to get new followers. In its current condition, Formula 1 cannot afford to say goodbye to its core markets. Because it accelerates the migration of viewers.
Germany is an autonation. The signaling effect of a cancellation is fatal. If Malaysia disappears from the Formula 1 globe, no dog cares. That's worth a side note in the newspapers. The end of the GP Germany was registered worldwide. This gives investors the impression that Formula 1 is a business in decline. The news does not attract sponsors. It scares them off.
The rights holders make more money in the short term if they replace a race in Europe with one in no-man's-land for motorsport. But this shows that CVC only thinks in the short term. It's about quick refinancing, not about maintaining and expanding oneSports. The damage it does won't show for a few years. Because then the countries that pay a fortune for a Grand Prix today also jumped out again. I only remember Turkey, India and Korea.
Who's next? Monza has already received the yellow card
Why should the GP Germany be treated differently than any race in the new world that costs between 20 and 40 million dollars for hosting the Grand Prix? Very easily. Because over the past 65 years he has contributed more to the success of the racing series than the races in the new world. Because alongside Monte Carlo, Spa, Monza and Silverstone it is part of the framework of this sport. Monte Carlo pays nothing to Ecclestone. Monza very little. Spa also gets special conditions. Rightly so.
France was overturned first. Now Germany. One has to wonder who will jump over the blade next. A race from our Grand Slam? Ecclestone showed Monza a yellow card. Foregoing Monza would be like tipping tennis Wimbledon out of the tournament calendar. The bad thing is: You have to trust the creators of the series to do everything.
The FIA cuts a very poor figure. She has a right of veto in relation to the award of the Grand Prix. It could protect the traditional events. But not even a comment comes from Paris on this subject.