Mar.17 (GMM/Inautonews.com) The last slim hope for this year’s German grand prix now appears over.

With the embattled Nurburgring unable to fulfil its agreement to host the race in July, Bernie Ecclestone had been in talks with Hockenheim about filling the place.

But circuit boss Georg Seiler told the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper on Tuesday: “We do not expect a grand prix to take place at Hockenheim in 2015.

“The timing for a commitment passed long ago, so a serious organisation of the grand prix is no longer possible,” he added.

F1 supremo Ecclestone has already said that if Germany does not host a 2015 race, the July 19 date on the currently 20-race calendar will not be replaced.

SID news agency said Germany’s removal, and the reduction of the calendar to 19 races, is likely to be formalised by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council on Friday.

The last time Germany did not host a formula one race was 1960.