Hockenheim requires high 2016 attendance

By on Thursday, July 16, 2015
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Organisers of next year's German Grand Prix say that they will need a high attendance if the race's long-term future is to be secured.

The German Grand Prix dropped off the 2015 calendar as the Nurburgring was unable to fulfil its contract while discussions to hold a race at Hockenheim this year ultimately proved fruitless.

The event will return in 2016 with Hockenheim having been given a provisional date of July 31 for its bi-annual race.

With Hockenheim's race-sharing deal expiring in 2018, Georg Seiler says that the circuit needs to improve on its 2014 attendance, when an estimated 50,000 spectators turned up on race day.

"We have a contract for 2016 and 2018," Seiler explained to DPA.

"We need to have filled grandstands next year so that Formula 1 has a future. We have to say to fans: come to the race next year and secure Formula 1 for Hockenheim.

"Hopefully Nico Rosberg will become World Champion this year. Then we will have two German World Champions - it can't be better than that."

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