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German GP last for 'new' Hockenheim?

2014-07-16 14:48

LAST RACE? The 2014 German GP could be the last F1 GP the Hockenheim track will see should F1 boss Ecclestone seal a deal with the Nurburgring. Image: AFP

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - The "phones have been running hot" ahead of the 2014 German Formkula 1 GP scheduled for this weekend, according to track boss Georg Seiler.

That is because, before Germany's shocking 7-1 victory over Brazil in the recent Soccer World cup semi-final, the circuit was offering a bigger ticket discount every time the national team scored a goal.

Seiler told the SID news agency: "You can't even imagine it but I was pleased with every goal anyway. It's nice when we can do something good for F1 fans."

Seiler said he was expecting a crowd of about 55 000 on Sunday.

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It is F1's first visit to the Hockenheim since 2012, as per the alternating scheme with the Nurburgring, but it might be one of the last since Bernie Ecclestone has admitted negotiating exclusively with the Nurburgring about 2015 and beyond.

An earlier-furious Seiler sasid he now has "nothing new" to report about that, except to reveal that he will have "confidential discussions" with the F1 supremo the race weekend.

For some, however, Hockenheim would be no great loss to F1, as the once unique and terrifyingly fast layout was made much more conventional with an upgrade more than a decade ago.

GP veteran and McLaren driver Jenson Button said: "It seems like a different level of craziness compared with today, but it was a lot of fun. The re-designed circuit could never be as mighty as the old Hockenheim but it's a fun little track and it's been purposely designed to encourage racing."

The man tasked with modernising Hockenheim was well-known F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke, who originally wanted to "keep as much as possible" of the old track's unique charm.

Tilke told F1's official website: "At that time of the restrictions and possibilities the site offered were not clear however and the idea eventually proved unfeasible."

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