Guide to the Hockenheim Grand Prix Circuit

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The Nürburgring circuit is known as a traditional track that gives fairly good grip and has enough overtaking opportunities at the chicanes, although it’s generally considered a tight track. It has enough straights where drivers can reach a maximum speed of 300kph (185mph) depending on the wind. There are plenty of straight sections, which means that teams will opt for a medium downforce setting to get maximum benefit and achieve the fastest speeds. Although the track is somewhat technical in nature it leaves the field wide open for any of the drivers to come out on top, with no big advantage for any one team or tyre.

Hockenheim Grand Prix Circuit

The current Nürburgring circuit was built on the site of the legendary 28.29-km (17.68-mile) Nordschleife, albeit a tamer version that is only 5.148 kilometres (3.217 miles) in length. The circuit is considered to be a technical track for the drivers, as overtaking can be difficult with opportunities only available at the first corner and the hairpin turn. The first corner is notorious at the Nürburgring, having ended many a driver’s race in the first lap, so watch for accidents at the first corner and hairpin turn. The track surface is known to be slippery with low grip level, making tyre choice important for the drivers. Depending on the weather conditions, the track can be extremely treacherous. The German Grand Prix is run for 60 laps, for a total of 308.640kms (192.90 miles).

The track has gone through several iterations and historically it has been known as the Nürburgring Norschleife circuit. This older circuit is now used for touring cars. Today the F1 Grand Prix is held on the Nürburgring GP-Strecke. Michael Schumacher holds the lap record for this circuit, at 1:29.468 seconds, posted in 2004.

The Nürburgring boasts all the modern amenities for F1 spectators with 140,000 seats in the grandstands. The paddock area is located in the middle of the long back straight and is divided into two areas by the restaurant and bathrooms. There is a BMW-sponsored Ringtaxi available to take people around the track during the F1 Championship races.

The Nürburgring hosts a range of events throughout the year. One of the famous non-racing events is the annual Rock am Ring, a huge open-air rock concert that takes place in June. Other notable racing events include the Superbike World Championship, DTM, 24-hours Nürburgring and VLN. The circuit hosts a range of car shows featuring old-timers, antique race cars and other historic vehicles.

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