SAD DAY: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg says he's disappointed that his home GP in Germany will not happen in 2015. Image: AFP / Thomas Kienzle.
BERLIN, Germany - The Nurburgring circuit will not host the 2015 German Formula 1 GP, an official for the company said on Thursday (March 19) after Hockenheim also ruled out the possibility.
The Nurburgring was scheduled to host the July 19 race under an alternation agreement with Hockenheim, which hosted the race in 2014 and has an agreement for 2016.
Now a Nurburgring spokesperson has said the circuit could not do so "for time, financial and organisational reasons".
On March 18 Hockenheim boss Georg Seiler ruled out the track as a replacement despite F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone saying it was the only option.
The absence of Germany, home of reigning F1 champion team Mercedes, for the first time since 1960 has left the calendar with 19 races. Both German circuits have financial problems, with Hockenheim shouldering heavy losses due to poor attendances in recent years.
The Nurburgring, one of the sport's most historic venues with the original track dating from before the Second World War, has changed ownership since it last appeared on the calendar.
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Force India's German driver Nico Hulkenberg said on Twitter: "Very sad to hear no more home GP this year."
German drivers are among the most successful in F1: Michael Schumacher won a record seven Drivers' titles and 91 races; Sebastian Vettel four. However attendances dwindled after Schumacher, who won five of his titles for Ferrari, retired in 2012 after an unsuccessful comeback as a Mercedes driver.
Only 52000 fans turned up on race day at Hockenheim in 2014 to see Germany's Nico Rosberg win the race for Mercedes. The victory was the first by a German driver in a German car on home soil since the 1930's.
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