German GP

Hockenheim - Hockenheimring

28/07

The F1 World Championship has featured two very different Hockenheim layouts. The first was used up to 2001 and is remembered for the very fast section with two long straights that rushed through the forests, making the circuit a temple of speed in the style of Monza. Those straights were eventually slowed with the insertion of chicanes, but this track is now just a distant memory.

Tricky Car Set-Up

The current configuration keeps the original Motodrom section, famous for a noisy and enthusiastic crowd in the grandstands, cheering and setting off flares. Hockenheimring might have lost the long straights, but the first part of the lap is still high speed and it is this contrast between the need for speed and low drag in these sections, while still having enough grip and downforce to deal with the twisty final part of the lap, which presents the engineers with an interesting puzzle when it comes to choosing the best car set-up.

Motodrom & Parabolika

Coming towards the end of the lap, how a driver deals with the turns in the Motodrom can be the key to a quick qualifying lap, as the abrasive track surface means that even on a single lap, tyres can suffer with degradation towards the end of the run. This feature is usually aggravated by the very hot weather that characterises this part of Germany in the height of summer. Apart from the Motodrom, another key point of the track is the hairpin, which is the scene of plenty of excitement as it provides one of the best overtaking opportunities on the lap. This is because it contains the classic recipe for passing moves, in that the hairpin is preceded by the ultra-quick Parabolika left turn, which for a modern F1 car is taken flat out, with cars hitting speeds of over 300 km/h before braking very hard for the hairpin. The many high speed sections means that the hybrid Power Units get plenty of opportunities to show what they can do.

German Grand Prix Historic Standings from 1951
Race wins
Pole Positions
Fastest Laps
Podium
The Track

Turns

Max speed

DRS

Sectors

Circuit length
4.574 m
Lap record
1:13.780
Kimi Raikkonen 2004

Hall of fame

GRAN PREMIO DI GERMANIA

1951 Ascari 375 F1
1952 Ascari 500 F2
1953 Ascari 500 F2
1956 Fangio D50
1959 Brooks 256 F1
1963 Surtees 156 F1-63
1964 Surtees 158 F1
1972 Ickx 312 B2
1974 Regazzoni 312 B3-74
1977 Lauda 312 T2
1982 Tambay 126 C2
1983 Arnoux 126 C3
1985 Alboreto 156-85
1994 Berger 412 T1
1999 Irvine F399
2000 Barrichello F1-2000
2002 Schumacher F2002
2004 Schumacher F2004
2006 Schumacher 248 F1
2010 Alonso F10
2012 Alonso F2012
1951 Ascari 375 F1
1952 Ascari 500 F2
1953 Ascari 500 F2
1956 Fangio D50
1958 Hawthorn 246 F1
1959 Brooks 256 F1
1961 Hill 156 F1
1964 Surtees 158 F1
1968 Ickx 312 F1-68
1970 Ickx 312 B
1972 Ickx 312 B2
1974 Lauda 312 B3-74
1975 Lauda 312 T
1982 Pironi 126 C2
1983 Tambay 126 C3
1994 Berger 412 T1
2002 Schumacher F2002
2004 Schumacher F2004
2012 Alonso F2012
2018 Vettel SF71H
1952 Ascari 500 F2
1953 Ascari 500 F2
1956 Fangio D50
1959 Brooks 256 F1
1961 Hill 156 F1
1963 Surtees 156 F1-63
1964 Surtees 158 F1
1970 Ickx 312 B
1972 Ickx 312 B2
1975 Regazzoni 312 T
1977 Lauda 312 T2
1979 Villeneuve 312 T4
1983 Arnoux 126 C3
2000 Barrichello F1-2000
2002 Schumacher F2002
2006 Schumacher F248 F1
2013 F. Alonso F138
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