There are some Grand Prixs that are just sacred, because of the history and tradition they represent: Belgian, British, Italian and of course Monaco. The German GP is another, since 1926 it has been held every year except one, now make that two. Money shouldn’t even come into it, I hear the argument that F1 need to expand to new markets and audiences, I hear the argument that the oil-rich countries, pay a lot of money to attract F1, and that’s fine, but that shouldn’t be at the expense of classic races. The core base of F1 fans is still in Europe, if the sport descends into a procession of plastic, lifeless races in countries only interested in the bottom line of F1, they will switch off. F1 as a sport celebrates change and progress, and there are now very few similarities between modern-day F1 and that of yesteryear, the cars obviously are unrecognisable, but look back at some of the circuits of the first F1 season in 1950: Silverstone, Spa, Monza, Monaco, tracks like these link every era of F1 and should continue to do so. Ask every F1 driver, their favourite Grand Prix or circuit and ask any up and coming driver where they dream to drive, and I guarantee none would say Yas Marina, or that they’d dreamt of winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, Nurburgring and Hockenheim I suggest would be far more likely choices. The German GP is intwined with the history of F1, greats such as Senna, Schumacher, Prost drove and won it, F1 should always maintain that link to its past. History is the foundation of any sport, in 50 years time, no one will look at how much money F1 made. Without historic tracks and historic teams, F1 isn’t F1, the German Grand Prix should take place this year and all following years, F1’s legacy must be protected not threatened. If the land that produced Schumacher and Vettel leaves the calendar, as predicted, Bernie Ecclestone would have signalled the beginning of the end of this sport we love. These are sad times we live in.

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