Vettel says F1 "needs to race in Germany" despite calendar omission

30-08-2019 12:08
by Adam Newton
General
Vettel says F1 needs to race in Germany despite calendar omission

Sebastian Vettel says that he is disappointed to see the German Grand Prix fall off the calendar after the 22-race schedule was announced for 2020 on Thursday.

The debut of the Vietnamese Grand Prix and the return of the Dutch Grand Prix meant that there would likely be one or more races from this season failing to appear next year.

The much criticised Spanish Grand Prix was saved for next season, but the German GP did not make the cut.

The race was not held in either 2015 or 2017 after the Nurburgring stopped holding the event, but Hockenheim continued it through to 2019.

Vettel said in Belgium this weekend: “I don’t know, nothing needs to be done maybe next year or in the future it will show Formula 1 needs to be in Germany and hopefully Formula 1 will start to look into it again.

“I think it is not possible for Formula 1 to lose races in countries where there is a big history, like the UK, Italy, Germany.

“So it is a big shame but I guess it is a money question but as I said maybe nothing needs to happen."

This season's German GP was undoubtedly the best of the season so far, with wet weather causing havoc as Max Verstappen took an incredible victory.

“Just realising that we need to race in Germany and these countries is enough to bring the Grand Prix back.

“I just hope that wherever we go as a replacement we will have as good as a race as we have in Germany and as many people in the grandstands which I’m not sure is a given.”

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