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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.

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
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2014 2014 German F1 GP result 20 July 1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
United Kingdom Williams
Germany Mercedes
67
67
67
2012 2012 German Grand Prix result 22 July 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus F1
67
67
67
2010 2010 German Grand Prix result 25 July 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Austria Red Bull
67
67
67
2008 2008 German Grand Prix result 20 July 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.
3 Brazil Felipe Massa
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
67
67
67
2006 2006 German Grand Prix result July 30 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
67
67
67
2005 2005 German Grand Prix result 24 July 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
France Renault
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom BAR
67
67
67
2004 2004 German Grand Prix result 25 July 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom Jenson Button
3 Spain Fernando Alonso
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
France Renault
66
66
66
2003 2003 German Grand Prix result 3 August 1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
67
67
67
2002 2002 German Grand Prix result 28 July 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
67
67
67
2001 2001 German Grand Prix result 29 July 1 Germany Ralf Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
45
45
45
2000 2000 German Grand Prix result 30 July 1 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
45
45
45
1999 1999 German Grand Prix result 1 August 1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
2 Finland Mika Salo
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Ireland Jordan
45
45
45
1998 1998 German Grand Prix result August 2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
45
1997 1997 German Grand Prix result 27 July 1 Austria Gerhard Berger
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen
Italy Benetton
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
45
45
45
1996 1996 German Grand Prix result 28 July 1 United Kingdom Damon Hill
2 France Jean Alesi
3 Canada Jacques Villeneuve
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
45
1995 1995 German Grand Prix result 30 July 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard
3 Austria Gerhard Berger
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
45
45
45
1994 1994 German Grand Prix result 31 July 1 Austria Gerhard Berger
2 France Olivier Panis
3 France Éric Bernard
Italy Ferrari
France Ligier
France Ligier
45
45
45
1993 1993 German Grand Prix result 25 July 1 France Alain Prost
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 United Kingdom Mark Blundell
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Benetton
France Ligier
45
45
45
1992 1992 German Grand Prix result July 26 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 Germany Michael Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
45
45
45
1991 1991 German Grand Prix result July 28 1 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
2 Italy Riccardo Patrese
3 France Jean Alesi
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
Italy Ferrari
45
45
45
1990 1990 German Grand Prix result July 29 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 Italy Alessandro Nannini
3 Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Benetton
United Kingdom McLaren
45
45
45
1989 1989 German Grand Prix result July 30 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
45
45
45
1988 1988 German Grand Prix result July 24 1 Brazil Ayrton Senna
2 France Alain Prost
3 Austria Gerhard Berger
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
44
44
44
1987 1987 German Grand Prix result July 26 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Sweden Stefan Johansson
3 Brazil Ayrton Senna
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom Lotus
44
44
43
1986 1986 German Grand Prix result July 27 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 Brazil Ayrton Senna
3 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Williams
44
44
44
1984 1984 German Grand Prix result August 5 1 France Alain Prost
2 Austria Niki Lauda
3 United Kingdom Derek Warwick
United Kingdom McLaren
United Kingdom McLaren
France Renault
44
44
44
1983 1983 German Grand Prix result August 7 1 France René Arnoux
2 Italy Andrea de Cesaris
3 Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Ferrari
Italy Alfa Romeo
United Kingdom Brabham
45
45
45
1982 1982 German Grand Prix result August 8 1 France Patrick Tambay
2 France René Arnoux
3 Finland Keke Rosberg
Italy Ferrari
France Renault
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
44
1981 1981 German Grand Prix result August 2 1 Brazil Nelson Piquet
2 France Alain Prost
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Brabham
France Renault
France Ligier
45
45
45
1980 1980 German Grand Prix result August 10 1 France Jacques Laffite
2 Argentina Carlos Reutemann
3 Australia Alan Jones
France Ligier
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
45
45
45
1979 1979 German Grand Prix result July 29 1 Australia Alan Jones
2 Switzerland Clay Regazzoni
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Williams
United Kingdom Williams
France Ligier
45
45
45
1978 1978 German Grand Prix result July 30 1 United States Mario Andretti
2 South Africa Jody Scheckter
3 France Jacques Laffite
United Kingdom Lotus
United Kingdom Wolf
France Ligier
45
45
45
1977 1977 German Grand Prix result July 31 1 Austria Niki Lauda
2 South Africa Jody Scheckter
3 Germany Hans Joachim Stuck
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom Wolf
United Kingdom Brabham
47
47
47
1970 1970 German Grand Prix result August 2 1 Austria Jochen Rindt
2 Belgium Jacky Ickx
3 New Zealand Denny Hulme
United Kingdom Lotus
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
50
50
50