Sebastian Vettel believes some races as so important to Formula 1’s identity they should stay part of the sport regardless of who much money they pay.2020 F1 calendar. Vettel doubts the race will return unless a new source of income for it can be found.
“I know the people here very well,” he said. “They are putting a lot of effort and a lot of passion. They are very keen on staying and having the grand prix here. It’s a great show.
“I don’t think they make any money. I think they lost money last year. Thanks to Mercedes [this year’s title sponsor] they were able to have the grand prix again.
“So I don’t know what is the negotiation for next year and how much more money they would need or not, I don’t know. But the problem is obviously that Germany is not keen to pay anything so you need people from outside, investors. The government is not happy to support unlike in the Netherlands, unlike in other places that we go.”
Vettel doesn’t want to see heritage races priced out of appearing on the calendar. “I think it’s important that we don’t lose certain grands prix irrelevant of what they pay.
“Formula 1 without Monza would be stupid. Losing big countries with a lot of racing history like Germany or, we’ve been to Spain through the years, I think is wrong.
“But I’m not deciding. People always want to make money and profit so it doesn’t help if tracks pay less than others. But I think it’s important to bring the sport where there’s passion for the sport so keep countries like Germany on the calendar or the UK or those iconic places. That would be my take on it.
“I think it’s more fun as well for us driving in front of a lot of people rather than empty grandstands. Even if they are all equipped with new seats but useless when there’s nobody sitting in them.”
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