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Hockenheimring layout & records

Hockenheimring Details
Location: Hockenheim, Germany
Race: German Grand Prix
Used Since: 1970
Type: Closed Circuit
 Lap Dist.: 4.574 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:13.780 min
Date: 25 July 2004
F1 Driver: Kimi Räikkönen
F1 Car: McLaren MP4/19B
Speed: 223.182 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:13.306 min
Date: 24 July 2004
F1 Driver: Michael Schumacher
F1 Car: Ferrari F2004
Speed: 224.626 km/h
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Biography

Hockenheim is a prime example of how Formula One has changed.  The legendary German circuit is a shadow of its former self after its re-design in 2002 that stripped away its soul and left a comparatively lifeless shell.

The new circuit, which alternates with theNurburgring to stage the German Grand Prix, is an average circuit. There is nothing wrong with it, just like there is nothing overly wrong withBahrainChina and USA. But Hockenheim was a circuit that used to be feared, loved, respected and enjoyed. Like Belgium it was a gem. But like Austria the stone has been scuffed.

Traditionally, Formula One in Germany has been dominated by one circuit, the infamous Nurburgring. But when drivers boycotted the race in 1970 in a demand to improve safety, they were sent to Hockenheim, a circuit in the forests of south-west Germany. The track was already famous, as it was the place where legendary driver Jim Clark died in a Formula 2 race.

The circuit was fast. Three long straights formed a circular shape in the forest and met in a small technical section at the end of the lap, known as the Grandstand section as it was the main place for spectators. Chicanes were added over time for safety purposes, but Hockenheim remained one of the great challenges of motor sport. Some drivers loved it, some didn’t but it was a welcomes fixture on any calendar.

As the Nurburgring stunted over their track changes, Hockenheim took control and hosted the German Grand Prix from 1977-2006. Once the Nurburgring had done as it was told it was given a lesser role. It hosted the European Grand Prix and Luxembourg Grand Prix in patches until its regular return in 2007.

As time progressed and Formula One was lifted into an era of money and entertainment, it became apparent that Hockenheim didn’t quite fit the bill. Spectators couldn’t venture too far into the forest, meaning much of the action and overtaking was missed. And safety concerns continued to be raised.  Despite this, Hockenheim played host to some classic races including the 2000 Grand Prix, won by Rubens Barrichello. In the wet conditions he went from 18th to 1st, with some outstanding driving and a lot of luck.

Hockenheimring layout & recordsBut after the race in 2001, Bernie Ecclestone decided the track needed to change. He hired renowned track designer Hermann Tilker to re-design Hockenheim. Tilker designed a track that is unrecognisable. Only the grandstand section remains. The long straights in the forest were dismantled, guaranteeing that no cars can ever go racing along them again. The track he created was decent. There are overtaking opportunities, fast straights and technical sections. Grandstands litter the track, giving viewers a better experience.

It is now a modern Formula One track and it fits right in. Races are interesting, more so than other circuits that have already been mentioned. But were all those changes entirely necessary? Surely there was a way that F1 could incorporate the old to fit the new? Sadly they didn’t and the old Hockenheim is gone. There has been much criticism for their decision despite the fine racing seen at the new, shorter track.

In 2006, it was decided that the circuit would alternate with the Nurburgring. Today, there are rumours we may not see Hockenheim at all. From once being one of the jewels in the crown, to now fighting for its F1 life, Hockenheim has gone through it all. Let’s hope it can stay for a while longer and give us all a chance to fall in love with the new design, even if it’s not as great as the old.

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Previous F1 GP Winners on Hockeheimring
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 German F1 GP result 20 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Nico Rosberg
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Valtteri Bottas
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Hockenheimring layout & records Mercedes
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Mercedes
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2012 2012 German Grand Prix result 22 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Jenson Button
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Lotus F1
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2010 2010 German Grand Prix result 25 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Felipe Massa
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Sebastian Vettel
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Red Bull
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2008 2008 German Grand Prix result 20 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Nelson Piquet Jr.
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Felipe Massa
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
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2006 2006 German Grand Prix result July 30 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Felipe Massa
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
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2005 2005 German Grand Prix result 24 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jenson Button
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records BAR
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2004 2004 German Grand Prix result 25 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Jenson Button
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Fernando Alonso
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records BAR
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
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2003 2003 German Grand Prix result 3 August 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
2 Hockenheimring layout & records David Coulthard
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jarno Trulli
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
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2002 2002 German Grand Prix result 28 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Ralf Schumacher
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
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2001 2001 German Grand Prix result 29 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Ralf Schumacher
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records BAR
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2000 2000 German Grand Prix result 30 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Rubens Barrichello
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Mika Häkkinen
3 Hockenheimring layout & records David Coulthard
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
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1999 1999 German Grand Prix result 1 August 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Eddie Irvine
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Mika Salo
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Jordan
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1998 1998 German Grand Prix result August 2 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Mika Häkkinen
2 Hockenheimring layout & records David Coulthard
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
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1997 1997 German Grand Prix result 27 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Gerhard Berger
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Mika Häkkinen
Hockenheimring layout & records Benetton
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
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1996 1996 German Grand Prix result 28 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Damon Hill
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Jean Alesi
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Villeneuve
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Benetton
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
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1995 1995 German Grand Prix result 30 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Hockenheimring layout & records David Coulthard
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Gerhard Berger
Hockenheimring layout & records Benetton
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
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1994 1994 German Grand Prix result 31 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Gerhard Berger
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Olivier Panis
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Éric Bernard
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
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1993 1993 German Grand Prix result 25 July 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Alain Prost
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Mark Blundell
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Benetton
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
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1992 1992 German Grand Prix result July 26 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Ayrton Senna
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Michael Schumacher
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Benetton
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1991 1991 German Grand Prix result July 28 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Nigel Mansell
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Riccardo Patrese
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jean Alesi
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
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1990 1990 German Grand Prix result July 29 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Ayrton Senna
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Alessandro Nannini
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Gerhard Berger
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Benetton
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
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1989 1989 German Grand Prix result July 30 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Ayrton Senna
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Alain Prost
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Nigel Mansell
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
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1988 1988 German Grand Prix result July 24 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Ayrton Senna
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Alain Prost
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Gerhard Berger
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
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1987 1987 German Grand Prix result July 26 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Nelson Piquet
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Stefan Johansson
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Ayrton Senna
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Lotus
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1986 1986 German Grand Prix result July 27 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Nelson Piquet
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Ayrton Senna
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Nigel Mansell
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Lotus
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
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1984 1984 German Grand Prix result August 5 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Alain Prost
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Niki Lauda
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Derek Warwick
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
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1983 1983 German Grand Prix result August 7 1 Hockenheimring layout & records René Arnoux
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Andrea de Cesaris
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Riccardo Patrese
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Alfa Romeo
Hockenheimring layout & records Brabham
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1982 1982 German Grand Prix result August 8 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Patrick Tambay
2 Hockenheimring layout & records René Arnoux
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Keke Rosberg
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
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1981 1981 German Grand Prix result August 2 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Nelson Piquet
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Alain Prost
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Laffite
Hockenheimring layout & records Brabham
Hockenheimring layout & records Renault
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
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1980 1980 German Grand Prix result August 10 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Laffite
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Carlos Reutemann
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Alan Jones
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
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1979 1979 German Grand Prix result July 29 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Alan Jones
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Clay Regazzoni
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Laffite
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Williams
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
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1978 1978 German Grand Prix result July 30 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Mario Andretti
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Jody Scheckter
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacques Laffite
Hockenheimring layout & records Lotus
Hockenheimring layout & records Wolf
Hockenheimring layout & records Ligier
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1977 1977 German Grand Prix result July 31 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Niki Lauda
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Jody Scheckter
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Hans Joachim Stuck
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records Wolf
Hockenheimring layout & records Brabham
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1970 1970 German Grand Prix result August 2 1 Hockenheimring layout & records Jochen Rindt
2 Hockenheimring layout & records Jacky Ickx
3 Hockenheimring layout & records Denny Hulme
Hockenheimring layout & records Lotus
Hockenheimring layout & records Ferrari
Hockenheimring layout & records McLaren
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