What is it about Formula 1's obsession with timeshare race hosting deals?
This column has consistently argued against such a structure on the basis that a race every two years (or even three if the proposed plan to rotate the Nurburgring, Hockenheim and Spa-Francorchamps had come to fruition) does not permit race promoters to properly develop their facilities, with hosting communities also suffering due to the financial peaks and troughs inherent in such arrangements.
The two German circuits entered into 'odds and evens' contracts with Formula One Management, with Hockenheim holding the even cards (2010/'12/'14/'16/'18) and the circuit in the Eifel Mountains committing to odd years (2009/'11/'13/'15/'17). Both stressed as the time that there were no mutual obligations should the one or other be in breach, so Hockenheim is under no obligation to step in should the Nurburgring default, or vice-versa.
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South African-born Dieter trained as industrial engineer before holding down a variety of senior motor industry marketing and manufacturing positions. At the age of 40 he decided to follow his passion, and became the first and only South African journalist to cover Formula 1 regularly. Dieter joined AtlasF1 at the beginning of 2004 – a year prior to its merger with Autosport – and his regular column offers an intriguing analysis of F1’s politicking and commercial chicanery. Although now also proudly Belgian, he gives his domicile as "Wherever F1 duplicity lurks".@RacingLines More features by Dieter Rencken