The Nurburgring aims to stay on the Formula One calendar beyond 2011 by renegotiating the financial terms of its contract.
With the Rhineland-Palatinate state now run by a SPD/Green coalition, minister Eveline Lemke on Monday said that despite the contract running through 2016, this weekend’s race will be the last one supported financially by the government.
“The conditions at the moment generate high and no longer acceptable losses,” DPA news agency quotes circuit operator Jorg Lindner as saying.
“So there will only be a continuation of the great and legendary tradition of F1 at the Nurburgring if a future contract includes economically and politically acceptable conditions,” he added.
And minister Lemke is quoted by the Financial Times Deutschland: “Whether this weekend’s race will be the last depends on the demands of Bernie Ecclestone.”