No German Grand Prix for 2017!?

With the Malaysian Grand Prix and Sepang exiting the Formula One Calendar from 2018 onward and the Brazilian Grand Prix in doubt, the German Grand Prix is now expected to pull out of the 2017 F1 season too.

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 31:  Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads into the first corner at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 31, 2016 in Hockenheim, Germany.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 31: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads into the first corner at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 31, 2016 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Hockenheim organizers have rejected Bernie Ecclestone’s latest proposed fee, which, coinciding with pressure for the track to update it’s facilities, has seen another classic Grand Prix slip off of the calendar.

A month ago, negotiations seemed to be stalling but there was some optimism that a deal could be struck with a spokesperson from the circuit saying,

“The listing of the Hockenheimring seems to be provisional, since there is no new status of negotiations and no agreement for 2017.

Hockenheim is certainly interested in hosting the race if Nürburgring declines (according to the alternating system that was in place since 2007 – 2017 would be Nürburgring’s turn) and [if] the conditions are right, meaning there is no financial risk for the Hockenheim-Ring GmbH.”

– Hockenheim Spokesperson

HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY - JULY 31: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 31, 2016 in Hockenheim, Germany.  (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)
HOCKENHEIM, GERMANY – JULY 31: Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheimring on July 31, 2016 in Hockenheim, Germany. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

The big question is, will Formula One lose it’s appeal from losing continuity in the form of familiar circuits, or will it rejuvenate under additions to the calendar? Either way, the drastic changes in Formula One continue under Liberty Media’s ownership.