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Formula One great Jackie Stewart has bemoaned the downfall of the German Grand Prix and is urging the sport’s bosses not to forsake tradition for money as the number of European races on the calendar dwindles.
The German GP was erased from this year’s schedule because of financial problems and F1 commercial head Bernie Ecclestone could not guarantee the future of the Italian Grand Prix.
More races are heading to Asia and the Middle East.
Stewart, a three-time world champion, says there should always be a place for the “essential” races in Germany, Italy, Britain, France and Monaco as they helped “motorsport to become what it is today”.
He said it’s “terrific we’re going to new countries but you still have to respect your heritage”.