“We are still willing to talk”– Nurburgring willing to return in F1; contradicts CEO Stefano Domenicali’s words

Tanish Chachra
|Published January 04, 2022

Nurburgring is ready to return in Formula 1, with its last appearance being in the 2020 season to rescue COVID-19 marred calendar.

In 2021, there was no German Grand Prix, despite the country having two F1 tracks to appear in the calendar recently. Moreover, a country with a rich racing tradition being excluded from the most advanced motorsport also didn’t fit right.

However, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recently said that Germany doesn’t have a will to host an F1 Grand Prix. And he further hoped that it would change soon.

“I’m disappointed and also sad that we don’t have a German Grand Prix at the moment,” the F1 CEO recently told Sport1. “But unfortunately, I don’t see any genuine interest from Germany in becoming part of the Formula 1 calendar again.

“That’s a shame and actually hard to believe. I hope this will change again in the future,” he added. However, the communications director of the operating company of Nurburgring track Alexander Gerhard claims that they are interested in hosting F1.

“We are still willing to talk,” Gerhard told Deutsche Presse-Agentur as quoted by Sky Sports F1 in Germany. “We continue to take the view that we can very well imagine Formula 1 at the Nurburgring, but under economically sensible general conditions.”

Also read: Daniel Ricciardo not very keen to race at Nurburgring again

Nurburgring has a great tradition; so let’s talk

Gerhard further insists that Nordschleife has a historical tradition of racing. Therefore, it is open for discussions and shall be kept in considerations.

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“As an idea, you are allowed to position the Nordschleife because it has a great tradition,” said Gerhard. “I would never altogether reject this idea. Nevertheless, there would have to talk with all parties involved.

“That would be the third step, not the first,” he further said. Nurburgring is widely famous for Niki Lauda’s crash in 1976. The track was later modified and brought back in F1. It went into oblivion after 2013 and resurfaced in 2020.

Also read: All you need to know about the German track termed the “Green Hell”

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Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra

Tanish Chachra is the Motorsport editor at The SportsRush. He saw his first race when F1 visited India in 2011, and since then, his romance with the sport has been seasonal until he took up this role in 2020. Reigniting F1's coverage on this site, Tanish has fallen in love with the sport all over again. He loves Kimi Raikkonen and sees a future world champion in Oscar Piastri. Away from us, he loves to snuggle inside his books.

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