German Grand Prix

German Grand Prix

The German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring used to be all about raw horsepower. It was a flat out blast around a 4.2 mile tree-lined track then into the stadium section that houses the fans. It made sense to shorten the track to 2.8 miles so that the fans would see the cars more often. That done, the German fans are now able to fire more rockets and sound their fog horns a greater number of times, as their favorites come by. The color and sound is breathtaking with a sea of red that far outdoes that of any other track.

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Within easy reach of Hockenheimring is Heidelberg, which is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with a picturesque cityscape, the world-famous Schloss Castle ruins and the baroque style Old Town. Located in the Neckar river valley, the city is home to the oldest university in Germany, established in 1386. With faculties for Medicine, Law and Natural Sciences considered to be among the best in Germany. Like great Universities towns around the world, the students make for a young and energetic population, with a great night life.

If you have not attended the German Grand Prix, we highly recommend it; it is unlike any other race on the schedule.

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Saturday/Sunday 2-Day
*F1 Paddock Club(TM) [+]   $4,265.00
All Weekend 3-Day
*Sudtribune Oberrang [+]   $775.00
Haupttribune [+]   Sold Out
SudTribune C [+]   Sold Out
A *Innen Tribune [+]   $370.00

* indicates ticket is on request
Tickets are not included with your hotel package and are offered separately as there is usually a choice. Additional options that are not listed here may be available. Please contact our office for details and for race ticket only sales. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

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German Grand Prix
The original circuit at Hockenheimring was built in 1932 using roads in the forest for motor cycle racing. By 1936 the track was expanded so the Auto Union and Mercedes Benz could use the track for their all dominant Silver Arrows. It was not until 1970 that the Hockenheimring was used for Formula 1, after the drivers boycotted the old Nurburgring because of the dangers of using the 14 mile circuit. The old Nurburgring was upgraded but the circuit, known to drivers as the "Green Hell", lasted only another six years, until it was decided it was still too dangerous.

In 1968 the two long straights surrounded by trees at Hockenheimring cost the life of Jim Clark and chicanes were placed to reduce speeds. In 1995 the German Grand Prix was joined by a second race in Germany at the new Nurburgring usually called European Grand Prix. By 2007 the race alternated annually. During this time Hockenheimring spectators only saw 45 lap races due to the tracks length and the long straights caused a 50% attrition rate for the race cars. Out came the jack hammers and by 2002 the shorter Hockenheimring became a much more interesting track.

After the Schumacher era Hockenhiem, like the new Nurburgring circuit had difficulty financing races, and at present only the Hockenheimring is used for F1.

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