‘Impossible for new teams to get a foothold in F1’

Christian Danner gave his opinion on the prospect of future Formula 1 teams and the German Grand Prix

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Former German Formula 1 driver Christian Danner feels a new team won’t be able to secure a foothold in F1.

With the FIA opening up an expressions of interest for two potential new teams to enter the sport, several applicants have come forward, ranging from start-up Lky Sunz to motorsport giant Andretti Global.

“It’s going to be impossible,” Danner exclusively told Total-Motorsport.com. “It’s not going to be difficult, a very difficult it’s going to be simply impossible.

“I think with a little bit of common sense and a little bit of experience in this business, you should realise there is no chance that a new team can actually fall on its feet. I don’t think it’s a good idea [to enter a new team].”

Danner on no German GP

For the third season in a row, F1 will not visit German soil, as neither Hockenheim or the Nurburgring could afford the fees to welcome the sport back.

The lack of appetite for a German Grand Prix comes when F1 is going through a lean patch in a country that previously hosted two races and had millions of television viewers watching on as Michael Schumacher dominated the sport.

“Well, German motor racing is in a very bad period at the moment,” said Danner. “F1 was very popular. However, it has practically vanished from the TV screens because it’s on pay.

“Nobody in Germany goes for pay, so it’s a non-event.  I don’t blame anybody. It’s just the way it is. The Grand Prix is a matter of money.

Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium at the 2020 Eifel GP with Daniel Ricciardo | Ronald Wittek / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Germany is the only country apart from Austria which is forced to host a GP without government subsidies, which makes it very difficult. Any other sport, like women’s soccer, handball, or chess it’s supported by the government. 

“F1 gets f**k all, not the track or the organisers’ nothing, and that’s why Hockenheim and Nurburgring simply can’t host a GP.”

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

With the F1 circus finished in Spain, the next race is the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix which will be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal over the weekend of June 16-18.

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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