The Nurburgring is actively seeking to return to the Formula 1 world championship calendar next year, according to reports.

The venue first hosted the German Grand Prix in 1951 on the 12.9-mile North Loop known as the Nordschleife. Since 1984, races have been held on the shorter custom-built Grand Prix track.

Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, Jacques Villeneuve, Johnny Herbert and Fernando Alonso were all winners at the Nurburging between 1984 and 2007 when it was run as the European Grand Prix.

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Since 2007, Nurburgring has alternated hosting the German Grand Prix with Hockenheim. However financial problems forced the organisers to drop out of holding the event in 2015 and 2017.

The track recently underwent a change of ownership. Now the circuit’s new chief executive officer Mirco Markfort says that one of his main objectives is to bring Formula 1 back to the Nurburgring in 2019.

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“We really would appreciate to have the Formula 1 back at the Nurburgring in 2019,” Markfort told

“This will only be possible if we take meaningful economic surrounding conditions into consideration.

“We are able to confirm that there had been conversations with the owner of the Formula 1, Liberty Media.”

Liberty are hoping to expand the Formula 1 calendar in the future. Commercial chief Sean Bratches said in September that he had received around 40 expressions of interest from potential venues.

Venues in the Netherlands, Denmark and the United States are in contention to hold races, with Miami and New York among possibilities in the latter.

But Liberty boss Chase Carey has said Germany is key to the sport’s future.

“Germany is the largest and most prosperous country in western Europe with a great sports history,” he told Die Welt last year. “Our world champion is German, our constructors’ world champion is German.”

“We would like to build on what we already have in Germany, and an event is obviously an important part of it.

“We need to see where and how we can make it happen.”

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