Date: 17th July 2015 at 9:08am
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This weekend was suppose to be the German Grand Prix.

But due to financial difficulties at both the Nurburgring and Hockenheim neither venue were able to host the race in 2015.

This meant that for the first time since 1960, the Formula One World Championship does not have a Grand Prix in Germany.

During a time when Mercedes are dominating the sport with German Nico Rosberg the only contender for Lewis Hamilton’s Formula One World Championship, this occurrence is hard to believe.

But a quick glance at the attendance numbers shows why both the Nurburgring and Hockenheim have struggled in recent years.

During the Michael Schumacher era Hockenheim would regularly see 100,000+ crowds, but last season the figure was just half that.

Those attendances need to rise next season when the German Grand Prix returns to the calendar for July 31st 2016.

‘We need a well filled house next year so that Formula 1 has a future,’ Hockenheim managing director Georg Seiler told German news agency dpa as quoted by Sky Sports.

‘We must tell the fans: come to the race next year and secure the future of F1 at Hockenheim.’