German Grand Prix

With a history dating back to 1926, the German Grand Prix is one of the oldest motor races in the world. Part of the Formula One World Championship, the German Grand Prix is raced at the famous Hockenheimring and Nürburgring grand prix circuits.

Laps: 67
Lap Distance: 4.574km
Race Distance: 306.458km


Situated in Germany’s scenic Rhine valley, the Hockenheimring is one of the most famous racing circuits in Formula One. The circuit features 14 corners, and one of the flattest tracks in racing, with no changes in elevation. The Hockenheimring is also known for superior spectator facilities that afford excellent views of the racing from various vantage points around the track.

German Grand Prix History

Grand prix racing in Germany dates back to 1926, when the first German Grand Prix was held at the AVUS racing circuit in Berlin.

The German Grand Prix became a permanent fixture on the European racing calendar in 1929, however, after just over one decade of racing, sanctions imposed on the German government resulted in the race becoming unavailable to the motorsport community until 1951.

On conclusion of the Second World War the German Grand Prix was assimilated into the new Formula One World Championship. In subsequent years the German Grand Prix led a nomadic existence, and was raced at several German racetracks before settling at the Hockenheimring.

For many years the German Grand Prix had competition from the European Grand Prix, which was hosted at the Nürburgring. This glut of Grand Prix racing in Germany came to an end in 1996 when Bernie Ecclestone restricted Germany to a single grand prix a year, by transferring the European Grand Prix to Spain.

The Future of the German Grand Prix

As one of the oldest grand prix races in the world the German Grand Prix has a secure future in Formula One. The success of German drivers in the sport, as well as the influence of powerful German manufacturers participating in Formula One make future cancellation of the German Grand Prix unlikely.

In 2006 Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone announced that the German Grand Prix would be alternated between the Hockenheimring and the Nürburgring as from 2007, giving the former home of the European Grand Prix a regular opportunity to once again host Formula One racing.

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