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New Mercedes Grandstand at Hockenheim

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The new attractive Mercedes grandstand at the shortened and rebuilt Grand Prix track of the Hockenheimring is currently under construction and will be finished after the record time of three months, right in time for the German Grand Prix from...

The new attractive Mercedes grandstand at the shortened and rebuilt Grand Prix track of the Hockenheimring is currently under construction and will be finished after the record time of three months, right in time for the German Grand Prix from 26 to 28 July. The spectators on the Mercedes grandstand will be able to watch the rest of the race as well, because on the opposite side there will be a giant TV screen.

On the back side of the grandstand there will be a show stage were West McLaren Mercedes third driver Alexander Wurz, Team Principal Ron Dennis and Norbert Haug, Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, and the Mercedes-Benz DTM drivers are expected to appear for the visitors of the Mercedes grandstand during the Grand Prix weekend. On Saturday afternoon, an After Qualifying Party will round off the Formula One experience at the Mercedes grandstand. On the occasion of this party, spectators can win a ride in a Mercedes- Benz CLK-DTM during one of the next DTM events or a VIP invitation for the Mercedes-Benz end-of-season party "Stars&Cars" in November.

The new grandstand, which is officially inaugurated today, has a capacity of 6,500 seats on two decks. It is 110 metres long and 30 metres high and is located at the centre of the new part of the track. The view from the Mercedes grandstand will be extraordinary. From here, the spectators look at about two kilometres of the now 4.574 kilometre long track and - according to computer simulations - will be able to watch the cars about 30 seconds per lap. That means spectators will see one third of a race directly. Moreover, due to the shortened track, the number of laps increased from 45 to 67, and the new part of the track in front of the Mercedes grandstand, especially before the new hairpin, offers the best opportunity for overtaking.

Former Grand Prix driver Jean Alesi who is now DTM was the first to drive on the rebuilt track with a race car. "This is a masterpiece of a racetrack, which I am sure both drivers and spectators will enjoy. The new part of the track offers everything a Formula One car needs for passing manoeuvres. First they approach the corner with more than 300 kph, then they have to slow down to about 80 kph. The corner is wide enough to allow different lines," Jean Alesi said. "This is exemplary and I expect an exciting German Grand Prix."

-mercedes-

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