Ralf approves new Hockenheim

Ralf approves new Hockenheim

Ralf Schumacher recently took a trip round the redesigned Hockenheim circuit and thinks the new layout is more challenging. Shortened to 4.57km from the previous nearly 7km, the track now hopes to present more overtaking opportunities. The lap ...

Ralf Schumacher recently took a trip round the redesigned Hockenheim circuit and thinks the new layout is more challenging. Shortened to 4.57km from the previous nearly 7km, the track now hopes to present more overtaking opportunities. The lap distance has been increased from 45 to 67 to compensate for the shorter circuit.

Ralf Schumacher and Frank Williams.
Photo by BMW PressClub.
"You now don't have to drive into the woods on senseless unending straights anymore," said Schumacher. "The new circuit layout is certainly better and provides a greater challenge to the drivers. There is also a sad side to all this. After all, I did win here last year. There are definitely two places to overtake. For one: the second corner after the start-finish line; the other is the new hair-pin."

Former F1 driver Jean Alesi was the first to take to the new track in a race car. Now competing in the DTM (German Touring Cars) with Mercedes, Alesi was also enthusiastic about the new look Hockenheim: "This is a masterpiece of a racetrack, which I am sure both drivers and spectators will enjoy," he commented. "The new part of the track offers everything a Formula One car needs for passing manoeuvres."

The circuit will see Formula One action at the German Grand Prix in a couple of weeks time on July 28th.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , Jean Alesi , Frank Williams
Teams Mercedes , Williams