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Why Did Formula 1 Stop Hosting Races in Germany?
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In the history of the F1 sport, the German Grand Prix has been an important part of the Formula 1 calendar, presenting some of the most exciting races, taking place at famous circuits like the Nürburgring and the Hockenheimring, which hosted historic races and unforgettable moments over the years. However, due to several issues, Formula 1 stopped holding races in Germany; the last race was held in 2019.

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The German GP was widely popular before it halted, and it has been almost five years since the last race.

Why Did Formula 1 Stop Hosting Races in Germany?
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The Hockenheimring hosted the final Formula 1 event in Germany in 2019.

Even though the race was unforgettable and featured an exciting race, due to financial issues the organizers were unable to sign a long-term contract with F1.

In order to address these difficulties starting in 2007, Hockenheimring and Nürburgring race tracks organized a plan to switch hosting responsibilities annually.

Each track could split the cost and operational duties throughout this rotation. Despite these efforts, the deal failed to ensure the event’s continuation in Germany.

What caused the German GP in Formula 1 to end?

The main reasons for the end of race hosting in Germany are financial limitations and inconsistent participation of fans.

Despite having a strong history of motorsport and a loyal fan following, Germany’s Hockenheimring and Nürburgring have both experienced financial challenges.

It is expensive to host an F1 race, requiring large investments, safety precautions, and circuit infrastructure.

Despite the historical significance, these circuits are struggling to remain profitable from Formula 1 events because of high operating expenses and low attendance from the fans.

After one of the most successful and well-liked drivers in Formula 1 history, Michael Schumacher retired, the sport’s popularity in Germany dropped.

Despite having a long history in Formula 1, Germany’s races were no longer held there due to a combination of declining popularity of the race and financial constraints.

The German F1 fans are expecting solutions to deal with the current issues and bring the sport back to Germany.

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Fiza is a writer at The Sports Orbit, focusing on F1 coverage. She is currently pursuing her master's in broadcasting journalism and has a profound love for motorsports. She finds F1 to be the most engaging among others due to its adrenaline rush. She got interested in the sport after watching an F1 race with her brother and uncle, and she's been hooked ever since. Her favorite team is Mercedes and she is a fan of Lewis Hamilton. Besides her dedication to F1, she enjoys activities like reading, practicing her calligraphy skills, and experimenting with cooking.