Ralf Schumacher relies on Audi to return to Germany

Ralf Schumacher relies on Audi to return to Germany

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Ralf Schumacher, former Formula 1 driver from Germany. © Erwin Scheriau/apa/dpa

Germany currently has no role in the Formula 1 racing calendar. Ralf Schumacher hopes Audi’s entry can change that. He sees a stranger in Monaco with mixed feelings.

Monaco – Ralf Schumacher has been disrupted in the old Formula 1 race in Monaco. “Yes,” he replied when asked if the former pilot’s hands and feet shook more in Leadership than in other ways. “Monaco was really always a challenge. As a driver, it’s a very good track, you can’t make any mistakes here,” said the now 47-year-old to the German News Agency. However, an expert from the Sky TV channel added: “On the other hand, as a viewer or commentator, I find the subject of passing it difficult.”

At least that’s not important in qualifying on Saturday (4 pm / Sky). Racing on a narrow track with a length of only 3.337 km can be exciting. Ralf Schumacher doesn’t see any opportunities to make major changes to the track at the moment. “I didn’t know that there would be enough space, everything is built. I think there would be love,” he said.

The future of the route after the end of the contract in two years is unclear. Especially considering the strong competition from the USA and the Arab world.

Formula 1 was last run in Germany in 2020

The question is how Europe will develop, said Ralf Schumacher when asked who owns the future: Miami, where it was run three weeks ago, or Monaco, where the Grand Prix is ​​due on Sunday (3 pm / Sky). “We have many political issues at the moment. Formula 1 wants to be sustainable by 2030, but it is that speed that is not enough for the speed that is presented in Europe. The situation is currently moving towards the Middle East and America. I’d say it’s almost something we have to get used to, whether we want to or not.”

The former driver is “slightly” pinning his hopes on a return to the top tier of motorsport in Germany at Audi. “It’s going to be a pure work team.” The Ingolstadt automaker will join in 2026. Formula 1 went to Germany for the last time in October 2020. The Nürburgring was skipped during the corona pandemic. A year before, the Premier class stopped at the Hockenheimring. dp