German Grand Prix Facts & Statistics

The German Grand Prix – Round 11 of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship – takes place at Hockenheimring, the 4.574-kilometer (2.842-mile), 17-turn track in Baden-Württemberg which has hosted Formula 1 since 1970, with this year’s event serving as the venue’s 36th grand prix.

The Hockenheimring of today is very different from the one Formula One first visited in 1970. Gone are the incredibly long straights through the forest, consigned to history via a redesign in 2002. The current circuit, however, is still plenty fast, with drivers reaching speeds in excess of 335 kph (208 mph) in the opening section alone.

Drivers are at full throttle for more than half of every lap, putting exorbitant stress on engines and the fuel they consume. Fuel management is of utmost importance, and with the right application, can be achieved without sacrificing lap time.

Efficient corner approaches can lead to fuel efficiency and overtaking particularly at the hairpin in turn six and the tight turn eight. The juxtaposition of speeds between the straights and corners gives this revamped Hockenheimring plenty of character and plenty of sight lines for fans in attendance.

The Essentials

  • Focus points Straight-line speed vs slow-speed grip. There are five high-speed sections around the lap; to be competitive in race conditions a car needs to achieve high top speeds. But overall lap time is also dependent on slow-speed grip through the twisty Motodrom at the end of the lap, so car set-up is a compromise between these two factors.
  • Unique difficulty Three DRS zones. Traditionally there have been only two DRS zones at Hockenheim, but this year – the first time F1 has raced at the track for a couple of seasons – the opening half of the lap is predominantly spent with the DRS open. All three DRS zones are before Turn Six and the third zone has been increased in length by 110 metres since 2016. This will have an effect on the downforce levels favoured by the engineers.
  • Biggest challenge Tyre degradation. As was the case at the Chinese Grand Prix in April, Pirelli has skipped a tyre compound. The Ultrasoft tyre is the softest compound being used at the race, but there is no Supersoft tyre; the other tyre compounds are Medium and Soft. If degradation is high, this will impact significantly on race strategy.

Engineer’s Lowdown

  • Braking Tough. There are seven braking zones around the lap, four of which are heavy. A total of 15 per cent of the lap is spent on the brakes, which is above average.
  • Power The cars use 1.6kg of fuel per lap, which is average.
  • Aero Medium downforce. The cars need as much aerodynamic grip as possible through the twisty, undulating Motodrom, but straight-line speed is vital along the three straights, so downforce levels are a compromise between these requirements.

Statistics for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim:

  • Lap distance: 4.574km. Total distance: 306.458km (67 laps)
  • No race in 2017
  • 2016 pole: Nico Rosberg (Germany), Mercedes. One minute, 14.363 seconds.
  • 2016 winner: Lewis Hamilton (Britain), Mercedes
  • Race lap record: Kimi Raikkonen (Finland), McLaren 2004, 1:13.780
  • Start time: 1310 GMT (1510 local)

Grand Prix Victories

  • Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has four wins so far this season. Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton has three, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo two and Max Verstappen one.
  • Hamilton has 65 victories from 218 races and is second in the all-time list behind seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher (91). Vettel has 51, Ricciardo seven.
  • Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has now gone 104 races since his last win, in Australia in 2013.
  • Ferrari have won 233 races since 1950, McLaren 182, Williams 114, Mercedes 79 and Red Bull 58. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.

Pole Position

  • Hamilton has a record 76 career poles, Vettel 54.
  • Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, at 20 years old, can still become the youngest ever pole sitter this season. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days.
  • Verstappen’s birthday is on 30 September.

Podium

  • Hamilton has 124 career podiums and is second on the all-time list behind Schumacher (155). Vettel has 105, Raikkonen 97.
  • Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas has had four second-place finishes in 10 races.
  • Championship Points
  • Vettel leads Hamilton by eight points.
  • Ferrari are 20 points ahead of Mercedes in the constructors’ championship.
  • Russian rookie Sergey Sirotkin (Williams) is the only driver yet to score a point this season.

German Grand Prix

  • The race faces an uncertain future, with Hockenheim out of contract after Sunday’s Grand Prix.
  • Sunday will be the 63rd German Grand Prix since 1950, and 36th at Hockenheim. The Nuerburgring has hosted the race 26 times (1951-2013), and Avus (1959) once.
  • Hamilton won most recently for Mercedes in 2016, with then team mate Nico Rosberg on pole. Ferrari have not won in Germany since Fernando Alonso in 2012.
  • Germany has two current drivers — Vettel and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg — but is home to champions Mercedes.
  • Four German drivers have won the German Grand Prix since the championship started in 1950 — Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Vettel (2013) and Rosberg (2014).
  • Vettel has never won at Hockenheim, the circuit closest to his home town of Heppenheim.
  • Michael Schumacher won the German Grand Prix four times: once with Benetton and three times with Ferrari. Hamilton (2008, 2011 and 2016) and Fernando Alonso (2005, 2010 and 2012) are three-times winners of the race.
  • Six of 10 races since Hockenheim was redesigned in 2002 have been won from pole. Only once has the winner started off the front row (Alonso from third in 2005).

Milestones

  • Mercedes can take their 80th grand prix win, making them fourth in the all-time standings. They are currently tied with Lotus.
  • Vettel’s victory in Silverstone was the 51st of his career, equalling the tally of French four times champion Alain Prost. Only Michael Schumacher and Hamilton have won more.

Additional Stats & Info sourced from McLaren and Haas media offices.