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The Hockenheimring may have lost its past unique layout, but the current circuit still provides good racing. A high-speed Turn 1 often provides action at the start of the race, before the track leaves the old circuit at the right-handed Turn 2. A long run to the Turn 5 hairpin offers the best overtaking opportunity on the circuit as cars brake from over 300kph. The track then doubles back on itself for a high speed kink at Turn 7 and the 90-degree left in front of the Mercedes grandstand at Turn 8 before rejoining the old track at the exit of Turn 10. From here, the circuit narrows as it enters the stadium section, with the banked Sachskurve (Turn 12) allowing little margin for error. The track then sweeps in front of the highest grandstand at the Sudkurve final corner.
For fans looking for a classic German F1 experience, the Hockenheimring has a number of campsites next to the circuit, allowing visitors to camp in the Baden-Wurttemberg forest and really soak up the race weekend atmosphere.
As one of the iconic venues in German motorsport, the Hockenheimring is home to the Motor Sport Museum, featuring a wide array of cars and the largest collection of racing motorbikes in Europe. F1 cars on display include old designs from Williams, Benetton, Zakspeed, ATS and Minardi, while you can also check out the old F3 cars of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. The Motor Sport Museum also puts on special shows when Hockenheim is hosting the F1 race.
Hockenheim itself is a rather small town, with a limited number of hotels and bars. The picturesque towns of Speyer to the west and Heidelberg to the north offer alternative accommodation and activities during the race weekend, while the city of Mannheim – with plenty more in terms of bars and restaurants – is about 40km north.
Speyer is one of Germany’s oldest towns, and as a result offers a number of historical buildings to visit. Arguably its best attraction, however, is the Technik Musuem, which is home to a variety of cars, bikes, trains and aircraft. The Lufthansa Boeing 747 stands out due to its size, but the museum also features a Buran space shuttle, both of which are walk-in exhibits.
Similar to Speyer, Heidelberg has old streets to wander, with the Altstadt (Old Town) featuring traditional bars and restaurants as well as impressive architecture. Heidelberg Castle is also worth a visit, and the best way to reach it is using the spectacular Konigstuhl Funicular.
HOW TO GET THERE
The two main airports closest to the circuit are at Stuttgart and Frankfurt, while there is also a low cost option at Frankfurt-Hahn which offers a much longer commute. The main Frankfurt airport is served by a high-speed rail link to Mannheim, from where you can catch a train to the town of Hockenheim, where the station is about a 40-minute walk to the track. From Stuttgart, the metro is required to access the centre of the city where the high-speed train can be caught.
Mannheim is the nearest city with a direct rail link to Hockenheim, however with a number of Autobahns in the area – including one which runs directly behind the pit straight – the circuit is easily accessible by car.