Domenicali: no race in Germany in 2022 – GP in Africa?

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali says there will be no Grand Prix in Germany in 2022 either, but is surprised at the makers of the Hockenheim and Nürburgring.

Formula 1 will also avoid the Nürburgring in 2022.

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Formula 1 will also avoid the German racetracks next year. There will be no race in Hockenheim or at the Nürburgring in the calendar for 2022, said Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali of “Sport Bild”. “I have the feeling that the organizers don’t really dare to hold a Grand Prix,” said the Italian. Germany has the most successful team in Mercedes in recent years and two drivers in the field of four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher’s son Mick.

Too big a risk? “Just look to Holland”

The last time Formula 1 raced at the Nürburgring was the previous year, when the racing series was looking for replacement hosts at short notice due to the corona pandemic. The race was held as the Grand Prix of the Eifel. The last time there was a German Grand Prix was in Hockenheim in 2019. Domenicali does not believe in too great a financial risk for German organizers. “Just look at Holland, Zandvoort is sold out for the next three years,” said the 56-year-old. The new race in Miami will also sell out quickly, added the former Ferrari team boss.

For the next season, Domenicali is planning 23 Grand Prix. He rejects plans for an increase to 25 races. “I can imagine about a third of the races in Europe and the others around the world,” he said. Like this year, the season opener will take place in Bahrain.

There is also interest in a Grand Prix from Africa, revealed Domenicali. A return to South Korea is also possible.

In addition, the Formula 1 boss brought up a new title classification in connection with further sprint races. “Whoever wins the sprint title and the world title is a Grand Slam winner,” said Domenicali. Formula 1 needs change for the younger audience.

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