2014 German Grand Prix

Watch the 2014 F1 GP live from Hockenheim

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
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German GPHockenheim is a quiet German town in the north-west of Baden-Württemberg, a place where, for most of the year, not very much happens. The town’s 20,000 residents go about their business, scarcely troubling the national press or doing anything that might attract the attention of their fellow countrymen in the big cities.

Then summer comes and the peace and quiet is rudely broken by the deafening roar of finely tuned motor engines. Just outside Hockenheimring lies a racing circuit of the same name. Hemmed in on three sides by dense forests, it is the setting for the German Grand Prix. The origins of this formidable circuit can be traced back to the 1930s when it was largely used as a motorcycle racing track. The Germans love their motor racing. Take a trip to the F1 GP at Hockenheim and you’ll soon see why.


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2014 German Grand Prix: setting 2014 German Grand Prix: setting

In its early days, the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg circuit, to give it its full name, looked very different from its present incarnation. In 1965 however, the track was extensively rebuilt, taking it away from the town and adding the Motodrom stadium in the process. The track is notoriously tough; during the 1980s, it was common for only a handful of F1 drivers to complete the race. Today, Hockenheimring is a modern, world-class track that has seating capacity for an astonishing 120,000 spectators.

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2014 German Grand Prix: ticketing 2014 German Grand Prix: ticketing

Thanks to its large grandstands that curve their way around vast sections of the track, Hockenheim grants superior views of the racing action wherever you end up. That’s not to say all seats are created equal however; prices range according to the grandstand, with the most expensive being in the covered section of the South grandstand. For racing fans who fancy treating themselves, the Formula One Paddock Club brings exclusive access to the pit area, open bar with champagne and the best seats in the house. Start saving now.

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2014 German Grand Prix: weekend schedule 2014 German Grand Prix: weekend schedule

The first F1 practice on the historic Hockenheimring track is scheduled for 10am on Friday 18th July 2014. The afternoon session will commence at 2pm, with a third practice at 11am the following morning. Qualifying sessions begin at 2pm on Saturday followed by the race 24 hours later. Hockenheimring might just be one of the noisiest tracks on the F1 circuit – bring your earplugs, just in case.

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2014 German Grand Prix: Heidelberg 2014 German Grand Prix: Heidelberg

The closest major city to to the Hockenheim circuit can be found at Heidelberg. This beautiful river city is famous for its Old Bridge that spans the River Neckar. Visible from miles around, it provides a majestic means of entering the baroque Old Town. Widely regarded as Germany's prettiest city, Heidelberg is fully deserving of a full day's exploration. After the sights and sounds of Hockenheim, Heidelberg provides the perfect contrast: tranquility, culture, good food and great beer.

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2014 German Grand Prix: outdoor activities 2014 German Grand Prix: outdoor activities

One of Germany's most popular holiday regions, Baden-Württemberg attracts adventurers, sports enthusiasts and fitness fans from across Europe. Hikers should head for Stuttgarter Weinwanderweg where two walking trails wind through vineyards and lush green hills. The dense woods that make up the Black Forest are well worth exploring, on foot or by bike, followed by a relaxing afternoon in the scenic spa town of Baden-Baden.

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Grand Prix image 1 © Matthew J Photos
Grand Prix image 2 © nic_r
Grand Prix image 3 © Rodefeld
Grand Prix image 4 © Pat Guiney
Baden-Württemberg image © Polybert49
Black Forest image © romanboed


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