The future of this year’s German Grand Prix has been up in the air for quite some time now. With Nurburgring, Hockenheim, and the FIA going back and forth over the event and its status, many had resigned the famous race to an unfortunate death.
Late last week, we got news that the German Grand Prix was indeed off the schedule. Frankly, very few were surprised. Accusations have been abounding for quite some time now, with Bernie Ecclestone even going so far as to say that the cause of the race’s peril was both of the potential the tracks’ refusal to pay.
Regardless the of the culpability, or lack thereof, of the respective tracks or of the FIA, we do have word that Mercedes did attempt to do their home country a favor and save the race. However, in the end, their attempts, while valiant, were in vain.
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was quoted as saying,
“As far as we are able to, we will try to help.
It is an important Grand Prix for us.”
A Mercedes spokesperson commented at length further on the teams’s efforts to save the race, saying,
In principle, we do not believe it is the job of the competing teams to provide financial support for individual events and we do not believe this is a sustainable model for the future.
Nevertheless, the German GP is a core race on the Formula One calendar and we have a significant interest in this race taking place.
Mercedes-Benz has participated in discussions and offered a significant contribution to support a successful German GP, at the Hockenheimring, in 2015. This offer was, unfortunately, not accepted,”
Allegedly, Mercedes was considering paying for at least half of the monetary loss incurred by the race, should the promoters fall short in meeting their obligation. If nothing else, the effort on behalf of Mercedes here is certainly respectable.