There is still much discussion about a possible return of Formula 1 to Germany. However, both sides are not finding each other.

Formula 1 boss Stefano Domenicali gives German motorsport fans little hope for a permanent return of a German World Championship Grand Prix. “We have to find a way for that – and if I don’t make a call myself, I see and hear little from Germany. They talk, talk, talk, but in the end you need facts,” the 57-year-old Italian said in the “Sport Bild” interview. “It’s a mystery to me how you can’t build a business around a Grand Prix these days. But: If they get it right, we will have a race in Germany again.”

He personally would like to see a return to Germany: “But the Grand Prix has to be worthwhile for all sides. We can’t cover all the costs.” The Hockenheimring hosted a Formula One race for the last time in 2019. The Nürburgring had stepped in at short notice in 2020 when the Corona pandemic led to cancellations in the race calendar. In 2022, 23 races are planned in the calendar – Germany is not included even in the record year.

No more negotiations with Russia

Racing in states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which have been accused of human rights abuses, is not a conflict for Domenicali. “I’m not selling the soul of Formula One. I believe that this is the normal change,” he said and also did not accept the argument of greed for money: “Money is important everywhere. Also for us. But we don’t just look at it, the whole package has to be right. If we only looked at the bank account, the race calendar would definitely look different.”

At the same time, Domenicali announced that there would be no more Formula One races in Russia. Shortly after the start of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine, Formula One had cancelled September’s race in Sochi. “I always say never say never – but in this case I can promise: We will not have any more negotiations with them. There will be no more race there,” he said. According to the media, the Russian Grand Prix brought in around 50 million euros a year for Formula 1.