F1 CEO Looks To Tap Into Vettel-Schumacher Fanbase To Revive German GP

Published 01/03/2022, 8:37 AM EST
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 04: Mick Schumacher of Germany and Haas F1 talks with Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Aston Martin F1 Team in the Paddock prior to practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 04, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)


The 2021 season had a whopping 22 rounds and will be eclipsed by the 2022 season, where the F1 circus will visit 23 destinations. Thus, multiple drivers experience the glorious feeling of a home race. However, the beloved Germans on the grid will miss out. Thus, F1 boss Stefano Domenicali hopes to give Mick Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel a home race soon.

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The last time F1 visited Germany was for the Eifel GP in 2020. Thus, the iconic Nurburgring has remained and will continue to remain devoid of F1 cars. Further, the historic Hockenheim circuit awaits F1 action. In a recent interview, nostalgia hit Domenicali, who hopes to bring back the German GP. “The Germans are passionate motorsport fans…”

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 21, 2021 Haas’ Mick Schumacher and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel play jenga in the paddock ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Mike Blake

Serious about the discussion, Domenicali promises to do everything he can to make it happen. “This is one of the reasons why I would like to talk to the promoters and other interested parties in Germany at the beginning of 2022. It should be an open discussion to sound out how Formula 1 can return to Germany. And I will take an active part in it.”

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In order to get this done, Domenicali believes he’d have to market the German drivers on the grid. “With Seb (Vettel), you have a four-time world champion and an incredibly talented pilot in the field. You have Mick Schumacher, who is at the beginning of a promising career.”

The resurgence of interest in the sport in the country will be crucial to pulling this off. “It’s about bringing back the interest that Germany should have in Formula 1. For me, it’s a priority.”

Volkswagen introduction could further boost German F1 sentiments

Volkswagen has been interested in making its way into the sport. Therefore, the CEO believes it would further propel the German emotions he wishes to evoke. “I hope that this can be an additional, positive element.”

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VW has been on the fence, and Domenicali awaits its decision. However, he hopes the manufacturer will fall into F1’s sustainability practice. “I hope that they will make a decision soon. It was great that they were involved in developing the new drive rules. Now it’s up to them to take the final step.”

To conclude, the honcho added, “Mercedes that have won the constructors’ world championship title and have dominated Formula 1 since 2014. Eight manufacturer titles in a row, nobody has achieved that before. A great achievement. But anything that increases the interest of the Germans is welcome.”

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So will the German GP find its way back into the F1 calendar? Stefano Domenicali seems eager to pull it off; hence, it’s only good news for Sebastian Vettel and Mick Schumacher.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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