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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 the Nurburgring to stage the German Grand Prix, is an average circuit. There is nothing wrong with it, just like there is nothing overly wrong with BahrainChina 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.

Hockenheim: A great that lost its sparkBut 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

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20162016 German F1 GP result31st of July1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Australia Daniel Ricciardo
3rd Netherlands Max Verstappen
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
67
67
67
20142014 German F1 GP result20 July1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd Finland Valtteri Bottas
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
Germany Mercedes
67
67
67
20122012 German Grand Prix result22 July1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd United Kingdom Jenson Button
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus F1
67
67
67
20102010 German Grand Prix result25 July1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
67
67
67
20082008 German Grand Prix result20 July1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.
3rd Brazil Felipe Massa
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
67
67
67
20062006 German Grand Prix resultJuly 301st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
67
67
67
20052005 German Grand Prix result24 July1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
France Renault
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom BAR
67
67
67
20042004 German Grand Prix result25 July1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom Jenson Button
3rd Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
France Renault
66
66
66
20032003 German Grand Prix result3 August1st Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
67
67
67
20022002 German Grand Prix result28 July1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3rd Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
67
67
67
20012001 German Grand Prix result29 July1st Germany Ralf Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
45
45
45
20002000 German Grand Prix result30 July1st Brazil Rubens Barrichello
2nd Finland Mika Häkkinen
3rd United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
45
45
45
19991999 German Grand Prix result1 August1st United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
2nd Finland Mika Salo
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
45
45
45
19981998 German Grand Prix resultAugust 21st Finland Mika Häkkinen
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
45
19971997 German Grand Prix result27 July1st Austria Gerhard Berger
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Finland Mika Häkkinen
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
45
45
45
19961996 German Grand Prix result28 July1st United Kingdom Damon Hill
2nd France Jean Alesi
3rd Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
45
19951995 German Grand Prix result30 July1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd United Kingdom David Coulthard
3rd Austria Gerhard Berger
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
45
45
45
19941994 German Grand Prix result31 July1st Austria Gerhard Berger
2nd France Olivier Panis
3rd France Éric Bernard
Italy Ferrari
France Ligier
France Ligier
45
45
45
19931993 German Grand Prix result25 July1st France Alain Prost
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
France Ligier
45
45
45
19921992 German Grand Prix resultJuly 261st United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2nd Brazil Ayrton Senna
3rd Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
45
45
45
19911991 German Grand Prix resultJuly 281st United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2nd Italy Riccardo Patrese
3rd France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
45
45
45
19901990 German Grand Prix resultJuly 291st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd Italy Alessandro Nannini
3rd Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom McLaren
45
45
45
19891989 German Grand Prix resultJuly 301st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
45
45
45
19881988 German Grand Prix resultJuly 241st Brazil Ayrton Senna
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
19871987 German Grand Prix resultJuly 261st Brazil Nelson Piquet
2nd Sweden Stefan Johansson
3rd Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus
44
44
43
19861986 German Grand Prix resultJuly 271st Brazil Nelson Piquet
2nd Brazil Ayrton Senna
3rd United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
19841984 German Grand Prix resultAugust 51st France Alain Prost
2nd Austria Niki Lauda
3rd United Kingdom Derek Warwick
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
44
44
44
19831983 German Grand Prix resultAugust 71st France René Arnoux
2nd Italy Andrea de Cesaris
3rd Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Ferrari
Italy Alfa Romeo
United Kingdom Brabham
45
45
45
19821982 German Grand Prix resultAugust 81st France Patrick Tambay
2nd France René Arnoux
3rd Finland Keke Rosberg
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
44
19811981 German Grand Prix resultAugust 21st Brazil Nelson Piquet
2nd France Alain Prost
3rd France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Brabham
France Renault
France Ligier
45
45
45
19801980 German Grand Prix resultAugust 101st France Jacques Laffite
2nd Argentina Carlos Reutemann
3rd Australia Alan Jones
France Ligier
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
45
19791979 German Grand Prix resultJuly 291st Australia Alan Jones
2nd Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
3rd France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
45
45
45
19781978 German Grand Prix resultJuly 301st United States Mario Andretti
2nd South Africa Jody Scheckter
3rd France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Wolf
France Ligier
45
45
45
19771977 German Grand Prix resultJuly 311st Austria Niki Lauda
2nd South Africa Jody Scheckter
3rd Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Wolf
United Kingdom Brabham
47
47
47
19701970 German Grand Prix resultAugust 21st Austria Jochen Rindt
2nd Belgium Jacky Ickx
3rd New Zealand Denny Hulme
United Kingdom Lotus
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
50
50
50

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