German Grand Prix
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- Next Race Date — 22nd July 2012
- Location — Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany
- Number of Laps — 67
- Circuit Length — 4.574 km (2.842 mi)
- Race Distance — 306.458 km (190.424 mi)
German GP Overview
The German Grand Prix holds a strong reputation for great racing and massive crowds. In the 1970′s the number of spectators reached a peak of 375,000 and the fervour of the German crowds has propelled a number of German drivers to produce some scintillating performances at the event. With Michael Schumacher born not far from the Nürburgring the pressure on the local hero has always been immense but he has shouldered the burden easily winning the event four times. The latest German superstar Sebastian Vettel is known to like the circuit and he produced a magnificent winning performance in 2010.
The Nürburgring provides an excellent racing circuit with a lap distance of 5.148 km. The race takes place over 60 laps over a total race distance of 308.863 km. The current record lap is held by Michael Schumacher who got round in 1:29:468 in 2004.The circuit has a total of 15 corners and generally provides some very exciting racing action.
History of Formula 1 in Germany
The German Grand Prix has a long history with the first event taking place in 1926 but was not included as part of the Formula One season until 1951, as Germany was banned from taking part in any international events following the Second World War.
Over the years the Grand Prix has been shared between the two competing tracks of the Hockenheimring and the Nürburgring, with just one event staged in Berlin in 1959. The popular Nürburgring has seen some dramatic changes with the original part of the two combined tracks; the Nordschleife and the Sudschleife. With over 172 corners and a total lap distance of 14 km the drivers had difficulty in remembering the racing line.
Obviously this was not suited to Formula One racing and over the years a number of modifications have been made to the track that have tamed the feared and exciting circuit.
German F1 Grand Prix Key Moments
- Ferrari are fined for implementing team orders after Felipe Massa slowed down to allow stablemate Fernando Alonso to win.
- Michael Schumacher suffers a gear selection problem and the Prost of Luciano Burti smashes into the back of the slowing Ferrari. The cars are rolled a number of times but both drivers are unhurt.
- Fire engulfs the Benetton of Jos Verstappen and his pit crew as they attempt to refuel.
- Niki Lauda suffers a horrific accident at the Nürburgring and the Grand Prix moves to Hockenheim as a result.Grand Prix