Nurburgring Track Guide

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Location: Nurburgring, Germany Track Length: 5.148 km Laps: 60 Lap Record: 1:29.468

Nurburgring

Eifel Grand Prix F1 circuit guide

The Nurburgring has played host to the German, European and Luxembourg Grand Prix before, but for 2020 it will return with a new identity of the Eifel Grand Prix, taking its name from the nearby mountain range.

Based in the town of Nurburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, the Nurburgring has a rich history in Formula 1 having first hosted a Grands Prix on its current layout in 2002.

But this track, now 3.199-miles long and consisting of 15 turns, has been tamed from the wild beast that it once was.

After World War II the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring again became the main venue for the German Grand Prix as part of the Formula One World Championship until 1970, though its more iconic name of "The Green Hell" was assigned by Jackie Stewart after he won the 1968 German Grand Prix whilst fog and heavy rain plagued the race.

But In 1970, after the fatal crash of Piers Courage at Zandvoort, drivers decided to boycott the Nürburgring unless major safety improvements were made.

This didn't happen, and the German Grand Prix moved to the Hockenheimring.

In 1971 Formula 1 returned to the modified Nordschleife circuit but by 1984 Formula 1 started racing on the newly-built GP-Strecke layout at the Nurburgring.

It was built with the highest possible standards of safety in mind, but the fans felt it was merely a shadow of the Nordschleife.

Ferrari have enjoyed great success on the Nurburgring GP-Strecke circuit, winning five of the nine European GPs held on it between 1999-2007.

Eifel Grand Prix F1 circuit information

Some of the fans may not have warmed to the GP-Strecke, but ex-F1 driver Mark Webber and six-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton have spoken highly about it in the past.

Both of them described it as a circuit which had retained that old-school feel.

Turn 1 (Yokohama S) - Hard on the brakes for the opening right-hander. The apex is tight but the width of the track opens the door for overtaking.
Turn 2/3 (Mercedes Arena) - Quickly move to the right of the tarmac to navigate this double-left curve.
Turn 4 - Lift off the throttle for this 90-degrees right but back on the power just before exiting.
Turn 5 - A short straight before sweeping through this fast left curve.
Turn 6 - A tricky braking zone as the track tightens up for a right bend, gravel is ahead to punish any mistakes.
Turn 7 - Another short straight which drifts to the left before drivers arrive at the hairpin. Again gravel is a constant threat through the corner should any lock-ups or testing of track limits occur.
Turn 8/9 (Michael-Schumacher S) - One of the GP-Strecke's iconic sections, sweeping left to right full-throttle through the Michael Schumacher S.
Turn 10 - Uphill for the next straight as the sharp left of Turn 10 arrives suddenly.
Turn 11 (Warsteiner-Kurve) - Power out of Turn 10 and take some kerb on exit to create the perfect line through the right known as the Warsteiner-Kurve.
Turn 12 (ADVAN-Bogen) - A slight right bend, no need to lift.
Turn 13/14 (NGK-Schikane) - Now there's a need to lift though for the tricky NGK-Schikane. It's common to see drivers going straight on or take far too much kerb after misjudging the braking zone.
Turn 15 - Pit entry is on the right, or carry on around this medium-speed right curve, similar to the Hungaroring's final turn to start another lap.

Eifel Grand Prix schedule: 2020 Eifel Grand Prix

Friday, October 9, FP1: 1100-1230
Friday, October 9, FP2: 1500-1630
Saturday, October 10, FP3: 1200-1300
Saturday, October 10, Qualifying: 1500
Sunday, October 11, Race: 1410

Eifel Grand Prix tickets: how to get them for the big race

Formula 1 hope to have fans in attendance for the Eifel Grand Prix, but understandably the current situation around the world due to COVID-19 is constantly changing.

For now, most major ticket retailers are asking for people to register their contact details so that they can be contacted with ticket information once the details such as permitted crowd sizes and safety protocols become clear.

The Formula 1 ticket page can be accessed here and they are asking people to fill out a contact form so they can be contacted once ticket packages are released.

Grandprixevents.com are offering the same service.

Eifel Grand Prix directions: how to get there

The closest airport is Cologne’s Bonn (although Frankfurt is usually considered the closest international airport).

Cologne Bonn is roughly an hour and ten minutes from Nürburg. Frankfurt is around an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic.

The Nurburgring is a bit too out of the way for rail access, Ahrbrück is the closest station 24km away, so driving to the circuit is the best option.

If you're driving to the Nurburgring then the E40, the longest European route at almost 5,000 miles long, will take you to the circuit.

Eifel Grand Prix history, memorable races and past winners

Whilst the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix will be the first of its kind, the Nurburgring GP-Strecke is no stranger to Formula 1.

Although not a constant feature of the F1 calendar since the GP-Strecke first started hosting Formula 1 races in 1984, it has seen its fair share of action across various identities with the German, European and Luxembourg GPs all having been held here previously.

Drivers with most wins

Michael Schumacher, 5 wins (1995, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006)
Fernando Alonso, 2 wins (2005, 2007)
Jacques Villeneuve, 2 wins (1996, 1997)

Teams with most wins

Ferrari, 6 wins (1985, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006)
McLaren, 3 wins (1998, 2007, 2011)
Williams, 2 wins (1997, 2003)
Red Bull, 2 wins (2009, 2013)

Last 10 wins

2013 - Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull
2011 - Lewis Hamilton, McLaren
2009 - Mark Webber, Red Bull
2007 - Fernando Alonso, McLaren
2006 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2005 - Fernando Alonso, Renault
2004 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari
2003 - Ralf Schumacher, Williams
2002 - Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari
2001 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari

Nurburgring circuit fastest lap

For the current GP-Strecke layout which has been in use since 2002, Michael Schumacher holds the race lap record with a 1:29.468 set in his Ferrari F2004 in 2004.

He would go on to win the 2004 European Grand Prix by 17.989s over Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello.

Out of interest, Clay Regazzoni will forever hold the lap record on the old Nordschleife circuit after setting a 7:06.4 in the Ferrari 312T in the 1975 German Grand Prix. He would retire on Lap 9 though due to an engine failure.

Nurburgring F1 circuit: what the drivers say

Although the GP-Strecke doesn't enjoy the same popularity with fans that the Nordschleife did, it's still a track which ranked highly in the minds of the drivers.

Mark Webber: "It’s a beautiful little circuit for us to still drive on so I think all the guys enjoy driving here."

Lewis Hamilton: "It’s a fantastic circuit, one of the classics and it hasn’t lost that feel of an old classic circuit."

German (Eifel) Grand Prix Schedule October 9-11

Practice 1 9 Oct 2020 12:00 PM
Practice 2 9 Oct 2020 4:00 PM
Practice 3 10 Oct 2020 1:00 PM
Qualifying 1 10 Oct 2020 4:00 PM
Qualifying 2 10 Oct 2020 4:00 PM
Qualifying 3 10 Oct 2020 4:00 PM
Race 11 Oct 2020 3:10 PM