Question marks over the long-term future of the Nuburgring on the F1 calendar have been raised after it emerged that government backing for the event is to come to an end.
With an SPD/Green coalition now running the Rhineland-Palatinate state, local minister Eveline Lemke has been quoted in the German press as saying that the demands of Bernie Ecclestone will decide if this weekend's race is the final F1 event at the circuit.
Currently the Nurburgring shares the German GP with Hockenheim and has a contract through to 2016, but reports have suggested that the current costs involved could bring an end to F1 at the 'Ring if the contract can't be changed – with the new coalition planning to end government backing after this weekend's race.
"The conditions at the moment generate high and no longer acceptable losses," circuit operator Jorg Lindner told the DPA
"So there will only be a continuation of the great and legendary tradition of Formula One at the Nurburgring if a future contract includes economically and politically acceptable conditions."