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Alesi says Hockenheim has changed

Former Grand Prix driver Jean Alesi has said the alterations to the Hockenheim race track have made it a different place. The modifications are expected to cost approx $45 million and will change the circuit to a more technical layout. Hockenheim...

Former Grand Prix driver Jean Alesi has said the alterations to the Hockenheim race track have made it a different place. The modifications are expected to cost approx $45 million and will change the circuit to a more technical layout. Hockenheim came under criticism for being not interesting enough due to the many long straights and the track is currently being cut to half the distance.

Alesi recently tested the new Mercedes CLK at the circuit in preparation for the DTM season that starts this weekend: "It's like a desert without all the trees that used to be there,' said the Frenchman. "The Hockenheim I have known for 15 years has changed so much. It is such a short track I could do it in 59 seconds, which was strange. But the resurfacing is perfect; it is not only smooth, it is also very, very grippy."

The former F1 Prost and Jordan driver will start the DTM season with Mercedes and hopes to be at the front of the field from the first race. The DTM season starts and ends at Hockenheim, the last race of the year being on October 6th.

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Series DTM , Formula 1
Drivers Jean Alesi