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Wolff says Mercedes won’t help save German GP

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Wolff says Mercedes won’t help save German GP
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Nov 12, 2016, 11:51 AM

Toto Wolff says that Mercedes won’t step in to try to save the German GP, despite the event’s obvious importance for the Stuttgart manufacturer.

(L to R): Bernie Ecclestone, with Paddy Lowe, Mercedes AMG F1 Executive Director (Technical)
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12 and Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12 at the start of the race
Starting gird overview
(L to R): Niki Lauda, Mercedes Non-Executive Chairman with Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler AG CEO and Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director on the grid
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1

Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that next year’s event, listed as subject to confirmation on the 2017 F1 calendar, is still under threat – even going so far as to say that he would bet on it not happening.

The F1 boss also said that he would not be prepared to offer Hockenheim the deal that it had this year, when the race returned after an absence of one season.

Although Mercedes traditionally uses its home race to entertain thousands of corporate guests, Wolff says the company can’t intervene or provide financial help.

“I think it’s not up to us to make the race calendar,” Wolff told Motorsport.com. “It’s Bernie’s call, and we’re not involved in any discussions around the German GP or any other Grand Prix.

“I don’t know if it will disappear. It is an important race for us, because it’s home turf, but there is nothing more we can do. We don’t want to get involved in any race calendar things.”

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