A regional minister has insisted that F1 doesn't feature in the long-term plans in place for the Nurburgring.

Currently, the circuit shares hosting of the German Grand Prix with Hockenheim, with the race being run at each circuit on alternate years.

However, the local government - which includes the green party - has recently announced plans to reduce state funding for the race and deputy prime minister of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate said F1 wasn't seen as part of the long-term future for the area.

"It is not our long-term aim to keep Formula One," she told the German Press Agency. "We want other formats, want to embark on a future-orientated path."

Reports have suggested that last weekend's race, which drew one of the smaller crowds seen this season despite no fewer than six drivers in the field being German, ran at a loss of more than 13 million Euros.

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