Hockenheim

Hockenheim

Hockenheim

The long blasts through the forest, punctuated by chicanes, disappeared in 2001 when F1 officials demanded the layout be changed or the grand prix would be moved elsewhere.

The old lap length of 4.2 miles meant fans in the grandstands only saw the cars 45 times, but the new design has shortened the distance to 2.8 miles meaning a race distance of 67 laps.

Other than the Motodrom section, the new Hockenheimring is unrecognisable from the old circuit and despite producing some good races has received heavy criticism.

Since 2007, the circuit has alternated hosting the German Grand Prix with the Nurburgring - another redesigned legendary German circuit - and returns again for 2014.

Given the tight twisty nature of the two stadium sections, the best overtaking spot on the new look Hockenheim is the Turn Four hairpin, the entrance to which is the fastest point of the track.

The DRS zone is likely to be on the approach to this corner, however given the fast left-hand kink of Parabolika on the run to the hairpin, ditching rear downforce may not prove to be a wise idea.

Turn Two could also see some action as the entrance to the 160-degree hairpin is wide enough to tempt drivers into making a move.

  • Circuit length:4.574 km
  • Lap Record:K Raikkonen (2004)
  • Laps:67
  • Most wins (Drivers):Prost (3)
  • Most wins (Constructors):McLaren (3)