• Apr 20th 2011 at 8:30AM
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After recent elections in Germany's Rhineland-Palatinate state, the ruling SPD party lost its absolute majority, while the green party tripled its vote. Apparently, that means the future of Formula One racing at the Nürbürgring could be in serious danger. Losing all that F1 business would be a huge blow to the storied raceway, making its current financial woes even deeper.

While the historic track itself is apparently safe, at least from politicians, the green party says it takes issue with German tax dollars being used to help F1 make a huge profit. Currently, part of F1's contract to race at the legendary track is funded with state money, which isn't cool in the green party's book.

According to Rhineland-Palatinate green party chief Daniel Kobler, his party wants to work with SPD to end state funding for the race. Kobler says he isn't totally against there being races at the 'Ring, just how those races are funded. If the party gets its way, the future of the Nürbürgring GP could be seriously murky.

[Source: MaidenMotorsport]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "Currently, part of F1's contract to race at the legendary track is funded with state money, which isn't cool in the green party's book." well, they may have a point there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dont think the taxpayers should have to pay for anything either unless it results in an overall wash, or $$ benefit to the state. This is very similiar to tax benefits to automakers in certain states. Yes it seems expensive upfront, but the benefit of added jobs is worth it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do they make any tax revenue from the people who come to the race to spectate or participate in it? It takes money to make money, and just saying that putting tax dollars into it is a waste of money would only be true if they are in the black once they figure in the taxes it generates for them. Maybe it does cost them money in the end, but that's something they need to look at. If they don't support it and the race stops, are they then going to be out even more money?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ummm... Corporate sponsorship anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah,keep voting for the green faggots and just wait for all the good things to come!
      Prince David
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to say it but the Greens have a point.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I get the feeling that people who claim to believe in the free market and hate "wasteful government spending" will be whining all over the place about this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why don't the major automakers and F1 just set up a joint company to buy, control, and maintain the track. I mean a good chunk of automotive development is done on the ring. They could conserve its future and use it as the world's most dangerous tourist attraction.
      Kiril Varbanov
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, that's the story every year, even with Australia. The track in Germany is dull anyway, so ...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The green party has a point. How many races does F1 need to lose before they stop being greedy and stop raping these venues?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've just moved back from Germany and been there done that at both the 'ring and Hockenheim. I'm pretty sure that they aren't really turning a profit at either of them (if you subtract out the subsidies) and attendance at the new ringwerk stuff was pretty space except on a GP weekend. You have to remember that Germany has the highest number of current F1 drivers and motorsport is front page news. Hockeneheim is one of the circuits in most need of an update, while the ring is kinda in the middle of nowhere (unless your and American stationed nearby) and its theme park kinda missed the boat in the this is kinda-wierd and German way. But it really appeals to those who drove the full 24-hours of the ring on GT5!
      • 4 Years Ago
      F1 ( Bernie) doesn't need historical European Circuits when he has oil barons in the Mid East that will just build a 5 Star mega circuit in the desert. Maybe Hermann Tilke can reproduce it in Saudi Arabia in the middle of the desert.
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