German F1 Grand Prix

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The German Grand Prix, known as ‘der Grosse Preis von Deutschland’, is the tenth race in the F1 World Championship race line-up. In the past, Germany has hosted two F1 Grand Prix races in a season, with the European Grand Prix held at the Nürburgring. However, this was discontinued, when Valencia in Spain was awarded the rights to host the European Grand Prix in 1991. Now the German Grand Prix is shared between the two premier motor racing tracks in Germany: Hockenheim and Nürburgring. The 2013 Season German Grand Prix will be held at Hockenheim.

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Nürburgring has historically been the premier racing venue since 1926, when the first German Grand Prix was held there. Grand Prix races held at Hockenheim have often been legendary such as the 1970 German Grand Prix when Jochen Rindt drove his Lotus home a nose in front of Jacky Ickx’s Ferrari. However, things changed in 1976, when Austrian driver, Nikki Lauda had his fiery accident at the Nürburgring and drivers refused to drive at the circuit, until it was modified to be safer. In fact, more F1 drivers have been killed at Nürburgring than any other racing circuit.

The German Grand Prix was moved to Hockenheim in 1977 and ironically enough, Lauda won that Grand Prix that year. Since then, Hockenheim has been the home of the German Grand Prix, except for 1985, when it was held at Nürburgring.

The German Grand Prix has a long history, with the first national event – German Grand Prix Motor Racing – being held in Berlin in 1926, at the AVUS (Automobil Verkehrs und Übungs Strasse) circuit. This first race was won by a German, Rudolf Caracciola, driving for Mercedes Benz in heavy rain – a feat that would not be repeated again until Michael Schumacher won the German Grand Prix in 1995.

The following year AVUS lost its Grand Prix rights after a horrific accident by driver Adolf Rosenberger, whose car crashed into a marshal’s hut and killed three people. In 1927 the German Grand Prix was moved to the Nürburgring. Germany was included almost from the beginning of F1 World Championship racing. The German Grand Prix is also well-known for having been Honda’s debut F1 race, back in 1964.

Jim Clark and Alain Prost still hold the most wins of the German Grand Prix with five races each. Even Michael Schumacher has won the German Grand Prix only three times. The 2013 German Grand Prix was won by German driver Nico Rosberg, his first.

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