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German Grand Prix Problems Highlight Importance of Traditional F1 Markets

Since 2008, the venue of the German Grand Prix has alternated between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring. Both tracks are a shadow of their former selves, yet they never had trouble drawing fans during the Michael Schumacher years. In fact, in 1995, 1996 and from 1999 to 2006, there were two German races each season. Hockenheim hosted the German Grand Prix, while the Nurburgring held the European Grand Prix. Now, the European Grand Prix is long gone—on its way to Azerbaijan—and the lone remaining German race is in trouble. With the recent focus on expanding Formula One into new markets, some of its traditional ones are being forgotten and ignored. This year, it is the Nurburgring's turn to host the German race, but F1 CEO Bernie Ec...

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