It’s a welcome return to Germany for the last stop for Formula One before the summer break. Here’s everything you need to know about the Hockenheimring!
|MOST WINS||MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (4)|
- There was no German Grand Prix in 2015. Hockenheim and the Nurburgring are supposed to alternate each year, as per a contract agreed upon in 2006. However, recent financial issues have left the other German circuit unable to host since 2013.
- The drivers are on the throttle for 60% of the lap, with a top speed of around 217mph just before Turn 6.
- Nico Rosberg and the Schumacher brothers are the only German drivers to have won at Hockenheim.
- The fastest turn on this track is Turn 7, which is taken at 180mph.
- Two-time British World Champion Jim Clark was killed at this track in 1968 during a Formula Two race.
- This Grand Prix will mark the 76th German Grand Prix.
- The track is located in the Rhine Valley and as such is quite flat. The highest part of the track sits 152.5m above sea level while the lowest part is 148.2m above sea level.
- Aside from being a race track, Hockenheim also occasionally hosts music events. The Sonisphere Festival was held here in 2009 and other acts to have performed here include The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams and Michael Jackson, who brought his mammoth Bad World Tour here in 1988.
- The drivers make 49 gear changes per lap here – that’s 3,283 in total over the Grand Prix.
- The latest iteration of the Hockenheim track was built in 2002. The stadium section was kept much the same but the rest of the track was significantly re-designed by Hermann Tilke, to a lot of criticism by fans and the media.
- There have been just 3 safety car periods since the track was re-profiled in 2002.
- The fastest ever lap of the track is a 1:13.306, set by Michael Schumacher in 2004.
Grand Prix Winners in Hockenheim:
|2003||Juan Pablo Montoya|