F1 not a true championship without Germany, says Rosberg | Racing News
Hockenheim is again this yr however the future is unsure past that and native promoters have mentioned they can not proceed with no new deal that is freed from monetary threat to them.
“With out a German race I wrestle to see it as an actual world championship,” Rosberg instructed Reuters tv at an occasion organised by F1 sponsors Heineken to advertise drink-driving consciousness.
“Germany is so legendary, so vital for System One it actually must be there so I hope they discover a answer,” added the German, who received his 2016 title in a season that included a race at Hockenheim.
The circuit, close to Mannheim within the Higher Rhine valley, has hosted the race in alternate seasons over the previous decade, sharing it with the Nuerburgring till that observe pulled out after 2013 for monetary causes.
Hockenheim receives no state funding, not like races in some nations with little motorsport heritage — resembling Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Abu Dhabi — which pay tens of hundreds of thousands of for his or her slot.
Germany is a house race for world champions Mercedes in addition to Ferrari’s four-times title-holder Sebastian Vettel, who grew up close by.
Within the glory days of seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher with Benetton and Ferrari, Germany hosted two races a yr with big crowds drawn to Hockenheim and the Nuerburgring.
These crowds have dropped considerably since Schumacher departed the scene on the finish of 2012.
With Miami more likely to debut subsequent yr, as a second race in the US, and Vietnam seemingly additionally within the pipeline, F1’s business rights holders Liberty have loads of choices on a calendar at the moment at a record-equalling 21 rounds.
“Miami can be epic, that may be nice so I actually hope that works out as properly,” mentioned Rosberg, who retired after successful his title with Mercedes.