Nurburgring seeks name resolution

Officials at the Nurburgring are hoping that they will be able to use the German Grand Prix name from 2009 onwards. This season, the Grand Prix in Germany has had to be named the ‘European Grand Prix as the Automobil Club of Germay (AvD) owns the rights to the ‘German Grand Prix title and were reluctant to relinquish their hold on it.

The German Grand Prix will return to the F1 calendar next season when the race returns to the Hockenheim circuit a track which is run by the AvD however there are still doubts as to the name of the race when it returns to the Nurburgring in 2009. Germany s Formula 1 circuits have come to an agreement whereby the Nurburgring and Hockenheim share races by alternating years, and will continue with this arrangement for the foreseeable future.

In 2008, Valencia will be hosting the European Grand Prix as it will be the second circuit to hold a Formula 1 race during the season. This could be problematic when the Nurburgring come to naming their 2009 race.

However, the Nurburging s general manager, Walter Kafitz, believes that an agreement between AvD and the European GP organizers will be thrashed out before the 2009 German Grand Prix.

“Paramount for me was to have a Grand Prix in the first place the name has second priority,” Kafitz explained. “However I would have preferred that the race would be called German Grand Prix and due to the upcoming event at Valencia, a solution has to be found in the quarrel between then two German car federations AvD and ADAC about the name. But I am hopeful that this will happen; And if not, there will always be another path. It is, after all, easier to find a name than to get a Formula 1 race.”