After months of negotiations and talks between the FIA and the Hockenheim and Nurburgring circuit bosses, the FIA have officially removed the German Grand Prix from the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship calendar.
Since 2007, the event has been shared between the two circuits, with the Nurburgring holding the German Grand Prix in odd years (2007, ’09, ’11 and ’13), and Hockenheim hosting in even years (2008, ’10, ’12 and ’14).
The Nurburgring was due to hold the 2015 German Grand Prix on July 19, but talks between Bernie Ecclestone and the new circuit owner fell through, which left Ecclestone trying to get the event to be staged at Hockenheim.
Hockenheim circuit management confirmed to the media this week that the circuit would not be hosting Formula 1 in 2015.
In a previous report, the tight turnaround, and small window to sell ticket sales was cited as one reason why it wouldn’t be viable to hold the German round of the Championship at Hockenheim in 2015.
The German Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 schedule in 2016, but its absence means that, for the first time since 1960, Formula 1 will not visit the country.
Germany is home to some of the most famous names in the sport, including Michael Schumacher, and current drivers, Nico Rosberg, and 4-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel.
The championship will now be contested over 19 rounds rather than 20, with Round 2 taking place in Malaysia this weekend!
Revised 2015 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Calendar.
Round 1 | Australian Grand Prix | March 12-15 | FOX and TEN
Round 2 | Malaysian Grand Prix | March 27-29 | FOX
Round 3 | Chinese Grand Prix | April 10-12 | FOX
Round 4 | Bahrain Grand Prix | April 17-19 | FOX and TEN
Round 5 | Spanish Grand Prix | May 8-10 | FOX
Round 6 | Monaco Grand Prix | May 21-24 | FOX and TEN
Round 7 | Canadian Grand Prix | June 5-7 | FOX
Round 8 | Austrian Grand Prix | June 19-21 | FOX and TEN
Round 9 | British Grand Prix | July 3-5 | FOX
Round 10 | Hungarian Grand Prix | July 24-26 | FOX
Round 11 | Belgian Grand Prix | August 20-22 | FOX and TEN
Round 12 | Italian Grand Prix | September 4-6 | FOX
Round 13 | Singapore Grand Prix | September 18-20 | FOX and TEN
Round 14 | Japanese Grand Prix | September 25-27 | FOX
Round 15 | Russian Grand Prix | October 9-11 | FOX and TEN
Round 16 | United States Grand Prix | October 23-25 | FOX
Round 17 | Mexican Grand Prix | October 30-November 1 | FOX and TEN
Round 18 | Brazilian Grand Prix | November 13-15 | FOX
Round 19 | Abu Dhabi Grand Prix | November 27-29 | FOX and TEN