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Vettel: F1 must keep historic races like Germany

  • Published on 16 Sep 2019 17:44
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Sebastian Vettel has called on Formula 1 to realise it can't lose historic races such as Germany going forward.

The home race for the Ferrari driver will not feature in 2020, after a draft calendar of 22 races was released last month, confirming the additions of The Netherlands and Vietnam to the schedule.

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However, F1 will not travel to Germany as it doesn't have a contract in place. The futures of the British and Italian Grands Prix were also under threat before they both signed a five-year extension deal.

Vettel has warned that F1 can't risk losing historic races, and hopes the sport will realise the need for old venues to co-exist with new ones. 

"Maybe nothing needs to be done, maybe next year or the future will show Formula 1 needs to be in Germany," Vettel said.

"I think it is not possible, in my opinion, for Formula 1 to lose races in countries where there is big races like the UK, Italy and Germany.

"It is a big shame and it's probably a money thing. But as I said, maybe nothing needs to happen and just realising that we need to race in Germany, we need to race in these countries is enough to bring a Grand Prix back. 

"I just hope that wherever we go for its replacement, we can have as good of a race as in Germany with lots of people in the grandstands, which I'm not sure is a given to be honest."

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  • Of all the venues that should go, Hockenheim isn't one. Honestly, while not all German GP in modern age has been exciting, I don't think the track is to blame. That is one nice track, and we saw a glimpse of that this year.

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    • Sep 16 2019 - 18:48
    • I agree we need a German GP. But as you correctly pointed out, Hockenheim has been kinda terrible. It's just that there is some recency bias because the last German Gp was amazing. I would much rather have Nurburgring than Hockenheim.

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      • Sep 16 2019 - 20:46
    • abhidbgt

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      Why only last? The race last year too was entertaining with leader crashing and rain teasing

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      • Sep 17 2019 - 03:50
    • @AJPP Yes, but as I've said I don't think that's down to the track. We've had multiple great Hockenheim races over the years, so methinks the track is all in all more valuable to have on board than not. Nürburg was nice, but it's also out of the question right now.

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      • Sep 17 2019 - 07:24
  • It basically comes down to business though doesn't it? It hasn't always been the most exciting racing but if Vettel is so concerned why doesn't he do something more about it? He could be getting more involved and doing some influence peddling and maybe even getting involved in the negotiations instead of just complaining and leaving it all up to Liberty. We've seen how that's gone.

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    • Sep 17 2019 - 04:48
  • ashavin301

    Posts: 21

    Vettle don't you have better things to do with your time?
    Who cares if they keep Germany or not. Your still error prone, and that's coming from a big fan of your.
    Let m,e suggest to you that you find a psychologist, and spend your week days with them instead of commenting on issues like this that is out of your control.
    If you had gone to a psychologist post 2017 I'm quite sure you would not be in the mess that you are now in.
    Please seb do something before its too late, you can still win DC with ferrari but you need mental help...

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    • Sep 17 2019 - 18:59
    • Dert38

      Posts: 354

      nice speech there

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      • Sep 17 2019 - 19:18

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