Race-share for tracks satisfies Heidfeld

Local favourite Nick Heidfeld has backed plans to alternate the German Grand Prix venue between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring.

Local favourite Nick Heidfeld has backed plans to alternate the German Grand Prix venue between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring.

Officials from both tracks have proposed ditching the European Grand Prix, currently held at the Nurburgring, in favour of just one race in Germany.

BMW-Sauber driver Heidfeld believes that would provide a perfect solution to ensure neither historic venue is left without a Formula One race.

He said: “I think first of all we can be happy that we had two races for the past few years in Germany. Not a lot of countries have had that.

“The idea of alternating them is the best we can do. I would be happy with that, although of course I would prefer two races.”

The two tracks are keen to find a profitable solution after both suffered financial difficulties in the battle to update facilities to meet Formula One’s increasing demands.

Even though attendances are still huge, neither track boasts the 100,000-plus crowds which greeted Michael Schumacher in his heyday, bringing revenue down.

With Schumacher’s time at the top rapidly running out, a shared race, which would begin at the Nurburgring in 2007, would concentrate German fans into one race, maximising attendance.

It would also give Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone an extra spot on the calendar, allowing Spa-Francorchamps back and potentially offering up the European Grand Prix title to Valncia.

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