The character of Hockenheim was irreversibly changed when the track was redesigned in 2002. Gone are the flat-out blasts through the forest that characterised the old track, replaced by a tamer and more benign track that is two kilometres shorter.
However, the new Hermann Tilke-designed circuit at least produces some good racing, with turns 6 and 8 producing the best of the action. The most interesting section of the lap is in the Stadium towards the end of the lap.
The corners are cambered, making them deceptively fast, and the atmosphere is electric on race day when the grandstands are full. After all, the Germans love their patriotic flags and air horns!
This race takes...
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