German grand prix axed from Formula 1 calendar

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Formula 1 world champion Nico Rosberg will not get to race in front of a home crowd next year as the German grand prix has been pulled from the schedule.

Traditionally, the German leg of the season alternates between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim circuits. However, due to the high cost charged by F1 bosses to host a race coupled with low ticket sales in previous years, neither circuit was willing to pay up.

This sees the 2017 season cut to 20 races, with the Brazilian race still unconfirmed for similar reasons. Italy and Canada had also been on the fence about participating, but both appear to have confirmed their places.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is said to be disappointed about the move, telling Autoweek that the German team had offered financial support to keep a race on home turf before and would be willing to do it again.

Formula 1 bosses have faced criticism in recent years that high fees are forcing traditional circuits to rethink taking part, while financially secure nations with no racing heritage are taking over.

Singapore has been in talks with officials about reducing the fee it is charged to host a race because their initial contract was written up without the added cost of lighting the night race.

Meanwhile, Malaysia has said that it will no longer host a race after its current contract ends in 2018 because falling ticket sales and viewing figures make it hard to justify economically.