“Racing has always been a big part of my life. It’s my passion. All the work I put in is to become the best. I am a competitor and will not rest till I get what I am after.”
Hockenheim staged its first Grand Prix in 1970 and has since been the scene of many great races.
The spirit of Hockenheim has undoubtedly changed since the new, shortened track was introduced in 2002. Gone are the flat-out blasts through the forests that were the hallmark of the track when it was built by Mercedes-Benz as a test track in 1939. But what replaced it is both a great track for racing and much safer. The stadium section towards the end of the lap remains unchanged from its original format. The same giant grandstands continue to dwarf the track, giving it a unique and adrenaline-pumped atmosphere.
Hockenheim is in a rural part of Germany, where the local farmers are infamous for complaining that the traffic at Grand Prix time gets in the way of the harvest, but that won’t stop you enjoying the area’s beautiful countryside. The town itself boasts an unusual tobacco museum, while the collection at the Hockenheimring’s motorsport museum includes various Grand Prix machines.
The nearest city of any size is Heidelberg, which boasts beautiful architecture and good restaurants. If you’re after a more vibrant nightlife, you can travel to Frankfurt or Stuttgart. Local places of interest are an extensive aviation museum in Speyer and, of course, the River Rhine, which flows nearby.