Once again this year, the Hockenheimring hosts the German F1 Grand Prix. The circuit’s trademark endless straights running through the Black Forest are long gone, but the Hockenheimring still has plenty going for it: traction and braking are two key elements of doing well here, as the straights in the early part then lead into the final Motodrom section which is tight and tricky, making it a track with contrasting features.
Hockenheimring boasts 17 corners, 8 to the right and 9 to the left and while in some sectors it would be beneficial to run without too much downforce, the tendency is to go for a medium to high downforce set-up.
That means the drivers can attack the final sector, sliding less on the smooth surface and thus looking after the tyres as much as possible. The power unit comes under a lot of stress here because 65% of the lap is driven on full throttle.
The Hockenheimring is one of the legendary venues on the calendar. Michael Schumacher holds the record for most wins on the Hockenheimring Circuit, on four, while Ferrari has won here 11 times.
FIRST GRAND PRIX: 1970
NUMBER OF LAPS: 67
RACE DISTANCE: 306.458 KM
CIRCUIT LENGTH: 4.574 KM
LAP RECORD: 1:13.780 – Kimi Räikkönen (2004)
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