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Nurburgring wants to revive German GP sharing deal with Hockenheimring

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Nurburgring managing director Mirco Markfort hopes the circuit’s unexpected return to the F1 calendar this year will lead to a long-term deal for it to host Germany’s round of the world championship.

The head of the Eifel circuit believes the best arrangement would be to revive the past arrangement under which it shared the race with Germany’s other F1-grade track, the Hockenheimring in Baden-Wurttemburg.

Between 1994 and 2006 F1 raced at both tracks every year, after which it alternated between the two. However financial problems led the Nurburgring to stop holding the race after 2013. Thereafter the German Grand Prix was only held at the Hockenheimring in even-numbered years until 2018.

Hockenheim agreed a one-off deal to hold the race again last year but was unable to agree terms to return on the 2020 F1 calendar. However the disruption rising from the global pandemic has led F1 to add a race in Germany to its revised schedule, at the Nurburgring, though the event will be called the Eifel Grand Prix.

“We were always in contact with Formula 1,” Markfort told Motorsport-Magazin.com in an interview shared with RaceFans.

“In the past few weeks, the discussions have intensified and thank god we have come to a deal that is fair for both sides and just fits.”

Markfort is now eyeing a long-term arrangement to keep F1 coming back to both circuits.

“The best model for us would be if we could come back to such an alternating solution,” he said. “I think that would help both.”

“We are concentrating on this year for the time being and we will see everything that comes afterwards,” he added. “Whether with our colleagues in Hockenheim or with us, it’s good that Germany hasn’t completely disappeared from the map, which was the case before the season.”

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  • 4 comments on “Nurburgring wants to revive German GP sharing deal with Hockenheimring”

    1. In a perfect world we would have German GP at Hockenheim and Luxembourg GP at Nürburgring, but since that doesn’t seem to be likely I’m fully in favor of this.

    2. It would great to see more of this in the F1 calendar, rotating venues. There are so many great F1 venues that are not being used. Why not have Bahrain and Abu Dhabi rotate and bring back Istanbul. Monza and Imola could rotate. Would make each year’s calendar a lot more interesting with a bit more variety.

      1. Bahrain & Abu Dhabi are going nowhere. I think both them circuits pay $50 million a year for a race. I think Abu Dhabi pay even more so they get the last race of the season. Liberty media arent giving up them races when they bring in over $100 million a year. Plus since Bahrain has switched to a night race it has had some great racing there.

    3. There can’t be many other tracks that have had 4 different names for their grand prix. Nurbugring has held the German GP, Luxembourg GP, European GP and now the Eifel GP

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