Hockenheim: No agreement for 2017 F1 race
30 September 2016 – Officials at Hockenheim say there is currently no agreement in place for the circuit to host the German Grand Prix next year, following the release of the provisional Formula 1 calendar.
Hockenheim has hosted Formula 1's German Grand Prix biannually since a new contract was signed in conjunction with the Nürburgring in 2007, which secured the future of the event.
However, the Nürburgring was unable to continue holding the race in 2015, meaning it temporarily dropped from the calendar, before Hockenheim returned as scheduled this year.
The World Motor Sport Council's provisional calendar listed the German Grand Prix as 'subject to confirmation', with Hockenheim, rather than the Nürburgring, pencilled in for the July 30 date.
Despite the development Hockenheim insists nothing has changed and that it will only host the 2017 event if it is financially viable for the venue, a repeat of the situation from 2015.
"The listing of the Hockenheimring seems to be provisional, since there is no new status of negotiations and no agreement for 2017," a spokesperson told GPUpdate.net.
"Hockenheim is certainly interested in hosting the race if Nürburgring declines (according to the alternating system that was in place since 2007 – 2017 would be Nürburgring's turn) and [if] the conditions are right, meaning there is no financial risk for the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH."