Aug.25 - Stefano Domenicali is not giving up on reviving Germany's place in Formula 1.

It's not just that Hockenheim and the Nurburgring don't have the money to compete with new hosts like Saudi Arabia and Las Vegas, there may not even be a single German on the grid next year.

Indeed, Mick Schumacher is fighting for his race seat ahead of the 2023 season, while quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel is retiring.

Danner: Hockenheim axe 'disaster' for Germany

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Renault F1 Team RS19. German Grand Prix, Saturday 27th July 2019. Hockenheim, Germany.

"If we want to continue to be an automotive power, which I admit to doubting now and then, then certain efforts have to be made," former Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug told Sky Deutschland.

He thinks the main problem is money.

"Something has to be done about it," said Haug. "I hope that the impulse will come from Porsche and possibly from Audi - also in the direction of having German drivers.

"For now we fear whether we will have a driver in Formula 1 at all, so it is clear that something has gone wrong. F1 is not just the sound of engines - it inspires people and energies the economy."

It's not just Mick Schumacher's career that may be stalling, as the hopes of his cousin David - son of Ralf Schumacher - are also flagging for financial reasons.

"Formula racing is no longer financially viable," David, 20, told Speed Week. "You can hardly find any sponsors.

"In my eyes, it has become practically impossible."

His father Ralf agreed, telling Sport1: "Motorsport has just become too expensive.

"In many other countries it is subsidised by the state. Not in Germany. So it's no wonder that there are hardly any talents who have what it takes to make it into Formula 1."

F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali, however, is hopeful that forthcoming news - almost certainly the VW Group's decision to enter F1 with two separate projects in 2026 - will help re-fire Germany's F1 presence.

"We hope that Germany will return to the negotiating table," he said on Wednesday. "The door is open and I believe that certain facts will soon be created that justify a discussion."


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  1. shroppyfly

    More Bull, Ralf/David stop whinging , DS just isn't good enough to get it all paid for same with Alesi Jnr

    NH with his Journo head on, why doesn't he run a quiz Question No 1 , how many car companies has the German Car Industry bought up in the last 25yrs, a lot with motorsport heritage? bonus question, so is the problem money?

    The point is German car companies build cars, they don't own race tracks, now i've been advocating they should have bought up The Ring and Hockeytreewoods 18/24mths ago,Unfortunately the boardroom will is there even less now with Putin and German gas being switched off.

    So Ralf , Ralf go party with fellow abuser Joss will you, The Regional German Gov own a huge stake in VW, so Indirectly it is Subsidized to a % degree, no German drivers, well i'm afraid to say you snooze you lose

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