The Formula One Championship will hold the next German Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany. This will be the tenth race of the year which means that we are at the midway point of the season as there are twenty races in total on the Formula One Grand Prix Tour. This race will happen from the 20th of July to the 22nd and is officially called the Formula One Grosser Preis Santander von Deutschland 2012. The next event on the calendar will be from the 27th to the 29th of July in Budapest, with events coming up from Monza and Singapore.
Circuit Length: 4.574 km,
Race Distance: 306.458 km
Hockenheim Grand Prix schedule (Irish Time):
Friday July 20th
Practice 1 09:00 – 10:30
Practice 2 13:00 – 14:30
Saturday July 21st
Practice 3 10:00 – 11:00
Sunday July 22nd
The German Grand Prix is held on the circuit near the village of Hockenheim in Baden-Württemberg, approximately 90 kilometers south of Frankfurt am Main. The track was originally built in 1938 and first hosted a Formula One race in 1970. The originally 6.8 km long circuit used to have a very fast straight going through the forest and required a lot from the race cars. In 2002 the track was dramatically shortened, with the long, sweeping forest section chopped off to shorten it significantly. The new layout was designed by Herman Tilke, the architect who was the mastermind of the most recent race tracks.
The current, 4.6 kilometers long circuit has 17 turns (8 rights and 9 lefts) including a hairpin after the parabolica providing excellent overtaking opportunity. The circuit ends in the Motodrom section with a spectacular view over the preceding turn.
From 2007 onwards the German Grand Prix will be held in Hockenheimring and Nürburgring in rotation each year while the former European Grand Prix was awarded to Valencia.