In recent years the Hockenheim circuit has been radically updated for holding the German Grand Prix. The spectacular long runs through the forest were done away with and the layout of the track was modified as well. Previously drivers used to fly through the forest section at over 320kph (200mph), making Hockehheim one of the fastest F1 tracks.
Until the recent modifications, Hockenheim was the second longest track in the F1 calendar. The overall length of the circuit was reduced, forcing organizers to increase the number of laps to 67 from 45. The total distance of the race is now 306.458km (191.536mi), with a lap length of 4.574km (2.858mi).
Many argue that the track has lost some of its character, nevertheless, it is still one of the highest attended races in the F1 World Championship calendar.
Besides the German Grand Prix, Hockenheim hosts a range of motor sport activities throughout the year:the German Touring Cars Championship, the LG Super Racing Weekend, drag racing, the Ricaro Tuning Race and many more. The circuit is also host to many open air concerts during the summer, most recently having hosted the Rolling Stones.
Location — The Hockenheim circuit is located in a small town of its namesake, in south central Germany. The circuit is located some 80km (50mi) south of Frankfurt hotels, Frankfurt Hbf railway station and 25km (15mi) west of Heidelberg.
Opened — 1932
Address –Hockenheim-Ring GmbH,Motodrom,68766 Hockenheim Germany
Major Events — Formula One Grand Prix, DTM
Circuit Length — 4,574 km
Directions — # By train : Arriving by train is an easy option. Hockenheim can easily be reached from Karlsruhe and Mannheim via train. From the train station, there is a special F1 weekend shuttle bus to the circuit, which takes roughly 30 minutes.
There is also a public bus that runs from the train station, get off at Waldstrasse/Friedhof and the circuit is a mere 500 meter walk from there.
For those coming from international destinations, Frankfurt airport is where most race fans will arrive. The airport is approx. located around 90km (56mi) away from the circuit and can be easily reached using the A5 Autobahn (direction Stuttgart), exiting at AS29 Schwetzingen/Hockenheim. Several good value hotels are located near Frankfurt Airport.
Journey time is normally 1 hour, but leave extra time for Grand Prix weekend. Frankfurt airport has plenty of car rental companies located on the arrivals concourse as well.
Stuttgart Echterdingen Airport is 100km (62mi) away from the circuit and is one of Germany’s regional airports servicing primarily domestic and European destinations.