Vettel: F1 should protect German GP like Silverstone
Sebastian Vettel says the German Grand Prix deserves special status, which should see it, and other traditional races, kept on the Formula 1 calendar at the expense of high-paying new destinations.
Hockenheim has delivered stunning races in each of its last two F1 events, with Vettel's mistake 12 months ago proving to be the turning point in his title fight with Lewis Hamilton, before Sunday's epic in the rain which saw Max Verstappen win in front of a healthy Dutch contingent and the German driver delight the home fans with a drive from last to second place.
However, with Vietnam and Zandvoort added to the 2020 calendar, the Hockenheimring's bosses expect that F1 will not return for some time.
Silverstone recently penned a new deal to stay on the calendar for five years, reportedly aided by a much lower hosting fee, and Vettel believes Germany should be afforded similar treatment.
"I hope that we don't lose this race," he said. "I think not only for me and Nico [Hulkenberg] as German drivers, I think for the German crowd that we saw is very passionate, a lot of people turning up.
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