German Grand Prix cut from Formula 1 schedule

Nico Rosberg
Germany's Nico Rosberg won the 2014 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim - for Mercedes

The German Grand Prix has been cut from the Formula 1 calendar for 2015, leaving just 19 races on the schedule.

Hockenheim hosted the event in 2014, won by Nico Rosberg, but is supposed to alternate with the Nurburgring.

However, the Nurburgring has changed ownership and baulked at paying the hosting fees for the 19 July race.

Hockenheim, which has a contract for 2016, was asked to step in but track officials failed to agree terms with F1 commercial boss Bernie Ecclestone.

The last time Germany was absent from the F1 calendar was in 1960.

Analysis by chief F1 writer Andrew Benson
With only four months to the race, Hockenheim clearly felt it did not have time to sell enough tickets to make the event a financial success. F1's soul is in Europe, as well as much of its television audience. Yet because the circuits struggle to make the races work on financial grounds.
Read more from Andrew Benson

The race's history stretches back to 1926. Only Belgium and Italy have held races for longer.

Top Stories