Hockenheim expects strong support package
7 November 2017 – Officials at Hockenheim are "certain" Formula 1 chiefs will ensure there is a support event package for next year's German Grand Prix, in the wake of its omission from the Formula 2/GP3 schedules.
The German Grand Prix will return to the Formula 1 roster next season, as part of the biennial deal signed between Hockenheim and Nürburgring a decade ago.
The Nürburgring withdrew from the deal after the 2013 event – meaning there was no German Grand Prix in 2015/17 – but Hockenheim has fulfilled its part of the contract, which expires after 2018.
Formula 2, and its predecessor GP2, has typically joined Formula 1 at each Western European event, with the GP3 Series, formed in 2010, also in attendance, aside from in Monaco.
However, Hockenheim was not included on the 2018 Formula 2 and GP3 calendars, with France and Russia instead added.
GP2 and GP3 have been a fixture on the German Grand Prix support bill since the inception of both series, with the former's predecessor, International F3000, a mainstay since 1990.
Hockenheim, though, says it has been assured that the categories will be replaced to ensure a strong support package will be on display for fans attending next year's German Grand Prix.
"We learned about the absence of Formula 2 and GP3 by the time the calendar was published," a circuit spokesperson told GPUpdate.net.
"As in the past, however, we were not involved in the organisation of the support races prior to a Grand Prix.
"But we are most certain that it is of importance for the Formula 1 organisers to offer the fans some exciting races alongside Formula 1.
"We have already been assured that work is underway on support races for the 2018 German Grand Prix."