The nature of the Hockenheimring was drastically changed when the circuit was extensively renovated in 2002. Having been one of the fastest circuits in Formula One it was transformed into a venue which required a less extreme set-up.
It first held a round of the world championship in 1970, when drivers refused to race on the Nurburgring Nordschleife on safety grounds. However two years earlier the Hockenheimring had witnessed the death of one of the sport’s greats, when Jim Clark perished in a Formula Two race.
In 1977 F1 turned its back on the Nordschleife for good and the Hockenheimring became the regular home of the German Grand Prix. Its long straights tortured engines, even when they were broken up by chicanes, which were tightened on safety grounds as the years went by, notably at the Ostkurve where Patrick Depailler lost his life during testing in 1980.
Eventually concerns over the safety of the track, particularly how narrow it was, and environmental pressures due to its location in a heavily wooded area, led to the destruction of its characteristic long straights after the 2001 race.
The heavily revised track, designed by Tilke Gmbh, held its first race in 2002. Now two-thirds the length of the original, only the twisty ‘Motodrom’ section at the end of the lap remained from the previous circuit.
|Lap length||4.574km (2.842 miles)|
|Race distance||306.458km (190.424 miles)|
|Pole position||Left-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’13.780 (223.182 kph) by Kimi Raikkonen, 2004|
|Fastest lap||1’13.306 (224.626 kph) by Michael Schumacher, 2004|
|Maximum speed||313kph (194.489 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||Second and third straights|
|Distance from grid to turn one||260m|
|Longest flat-out section||1240m|
|Fuel use per lap||1.5kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.045s|
|2014 prime tyre: Soft||Soft (2012: Medium)|
|2014 option tyre: Super-soft||Super-soft (2012: Soft)|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes
Hockenheimring video lap
Hockenheimring track map
Hockenheimring aerial map
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