F1 ON THE RISE?: Despite Germany not hosting an F1 race in 2015, the sport's global TV viewership has increased. Image: AFP
LONDON, England - Things could be looking up in Formula 1 after panicky calls that things 'are in crisis'.
Indeed, the sport is now entering a three-week gap between Silverstone and Hungary with the German race axed for the first time in decades.
The recent trend in Germany has been for poor attendances and a rapidly declining TV audience but suddenly things are looking up.
It emerges that more than five-million viewers tuned in to terrestrial broadcaster RTL's coverage of July 2015's British GP, almost a half-million more than in 2014 and German media reports said the recent races in Canada and Austria were also trending upwards.
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Mercedes' Nico Rosberg said in his latest column for Bild newspaper: "Despite all the criticism of F1, I think it is still the best and most-watched motorsport in the world."
And F1 legend Niki Lauda, Mercedes F1's chairman, said it was time to stop blaming his team for "the boring sport".
Lauda said bluntly: "I can no longer hear these stupid discussions - the others should make their cars faster rather than complain. How is it Mercedes' fault when those at Ferrari throw around spaghetti rather than improve their car on the track?"
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