Sep 22

Hockenheim to host German GP next July (updated)

“The uncertainty is over”

After a long period of uncertainty, Germany will continue to be represented on the formula one calendar. With the Nurburgring not wanting to step in and host the country’s event every season, it was feared that Hockenheim’s reluctance to absorb annual losses could result in Germany not appearing on the 2010 schedule.

But the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Monday approved a provisional calendar for next season, and ‘Germany’ is featured.

The German news agencies SID and DPA clarified that the 25 July date is reserved for a race at Hockenheim.  “The uncertainty is over,” said the SID report.

Hockenheim deal may take ‘a few days’

Although allocated a firm July date on next year’s F1 calendar, the 2010 German grand prix is not yet set in stone.

Reports in Germany insist that the Hockenheim circuit must first receive the final approval from its local state Baden-Wuerttemberg.

Track boss Karl Josef Schmidt told the news agency SID that the agreement could take “a few days”.

The uncertainty arose in June, when the Hockenheim council said it was no longer willing to absorb annual multi million euro race losses.

source: GMM