German GPs set to continue

Although some European Grands Prix are under threat from new countries wanting to play host to Formula One, it appears Germany could be safe with both its events. Bernie Ecclestone is ready to talk with the organisers of the European GP at ...

Although some European Grands Prix are under threat from new countries wanting to play host to Formula One, it appears Germany could be safe with both its events. Bernie Ecclestone is ready to talk with the organisers of the European GP at Nürburgring and the German GP at Hockenheim about extensions when the contracts are due for renewal.

"They are doing a very good job," Ecclestone told Autosport about the German events. "The facilities are good, the track as well, so at the moment we are happy with them. The organisers were also very co-operative over the tobacco ban. We'll talk about an extension."

However, the ongoing debate about the ban on tobacco advertising is still threatening other European races. Not only that, Ecclestone thinks that due to the economy some GPs will no longer exist anyway.

"We'll probably lose races in Europe," he added. "I suspect Europe will have a third world economy within the next decade anyhow. European politicians have taken the wrong direction in their thoughts. Maybe we won't have to cut races, Maybe some European GPs will disappear on their own."

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