Hockenheim offers fans the ultimate experience

There are only a few days left until the 12th German Grand Prix, the highlight of the Formula 1 calendar in Germany. From July 22nd to 24th the Hockenheimring offers exciting races, first class entertainment and plenty more besides for all ...

There are only a few days left until the 12th German Grand Prix, the highlight of the Formula 1 calendar in Germany. From July 22nd to 24th the Hockenheimring offers exciting races, first class entertainment and plenty more besides for all motorsport fans and spectators.

Race fans are in for a treat as what can only be described as an unusual 2005 season continues to unfold; the potential winner of the Mobil 1 German Grand Prix is very much up for debate.

Added to this outside of the usual racing excitement Hockenheimring is set to offer even more to its fans - the German circuit will present an entertainment programme over the race weekend equal to this year's nail biting F1 action:

Autograph Sessions
Friday, Saturday & Sunday*
Meeting point: "Hori" Stage, behind the South Grandstand

Motorsport at its closest! Last year more than 1,000 fans at the Mobil 1 German Grand Pri were rewarded with the chance to have their photo taken with their favourite F1 drivers. A unique opportunity that turned the day into a memorable occasion for everybody who attended. This year at a new location, the individual autograph sessions will take place at th Hori stage in the fan area.

Pit Walkabout
Thursday: 16.00 - 18.00h
Entrance: South H

This will be a unique experience for all fans who have ever dreamed of having a closer look into the world of F1. Thursday, July 21st at 16.00h, the pit lane will be open for visitors. All holders of a weekend ticket will have the opportunity to get closer to the action with a stroll down the pit lane as the F1 teams prepare for the weekend. In order to avoid crowding the access will be limited to 3000 people.

Guided Bus Tours around the Track
Thursday: 16.00 - 18.00h
Entrance: South H

After the success of 2004, visitors will once again be able to take guided bus rides around the track. In order to get a view of the circuit from a driver's perspective, racing experts such a F1 Safety Car driver Bernd Mayländer, GP2 and Porsche Michelin Supercup drivers will commentate during the tours. For two hours on Thursday, four buses will drive up and down getting the fans to see every bit of the race track. This event is also limited to 3000 people.

Pit Stop Challenge
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11.00 - 18.00h
Meeting point: "Hori" Stage, behind the South Grandstand

Here the Hockenheim fans can prove their strong nerves by feeling like they're Schumi at the pit stop, and win fantastic prizes. From morning to evening, the onstage programme include competitions, live music acts and the big pit stop challenge, presented by motorsport exper Ralf Krabbe.

Joy Fleming sings national anthem

Musicians like her, showing such talent and professionalism, are not easily found in Germany. Despite a fully booked timetable, Joy Fleming will visit the Hockenheimring to sing the national anthem before the start of the F1 race on 24th July.

Experience World - following the steps of your idols
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11.00 - 18.00h
Meeting point: "Fahrsicherheitszentrum", behind the Inside Grandstand

The professionals of F1 race on the track in their fast cars and in the "Fahrsicher- heitszentrum", being only a stone's throw away from the inside grand stand, the F1 fans can test their own driving abilities. Visitors get the chance to drive fast race cars during the race breaks or to get a ride in the race taxi. A thrilling experience to test fans' own limits!

FAN TV on Giant Screens

The programme of the Hockenheimring offers non-stop entertainment with its adrenalin pumping races of the Formula 1, the young GP2, the Porsche Michelin Supercup and the Mini Cooper Challenge. At major events like the Mobil 1 German Grand Prix some of the most interesting events take place backstage away from where the fans can traditionally see.

This will not be the case at the Hockenheimring! FAN TV broadcasts LIVE on giant video wall behind-the-scenes footage from the paddock and all around the circuit, interviewing stars and celebrities in the paddock, drivers, fitness trainers and experts from the pit lane.

SWR3 Race Radio

Be closer to the Mobil 1 German Grand Prix from July 22nd to 24th : For the fourth time officia radio partner of the Hockenheimring, SWR3 broadcasts the "SWR3 Race Radio" directly from the F1 track. Daily from 7.00 until 19.00h on 92.4 FM, the race radio features all important information about the race, the drivers and the track.

A special team of producers, radi journalists, presenters and technicians broadcast live from the mobile SWR3 studio place right at the circuit. Get the latest news from the pit lane as well as useful traffic and parking information, tips for camping and of course the latest hits to party to. Two big parties organised by radio SWR3 in Hockenheim city on Friday and Saturday night will warm up the crowd in advance of the big race on Sunday.

Motorsport Museum - Jim Clark Exhibition and Race Simulators
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11.00 - 20.00
Meeting point: Motorsport museum, behind South Grandstand

The ultimate experience to really feel motorsport history first hand. With the motorspor museum the Hockenheimring presents a very special exhibition - honouring Jim Clark, former race icon and legend of his time, twice F1 champion - who was killed April 7th in 1968 during Formula 2 European Championship race taking place at the Hockenheimring.

Dive into th "Golden Days"! After the exhibition you will not want to miss a little mental stimulation at th six PlayStation race simulators. Definitely worth a visit!

Dragster, Hot Wheels, Cheerleaders

As everybody knows Sunday is the big day. Spectators don't have to wait until the afternoon to see exciting race action. Followed by the drivers' parade of all F1 drivers, dragsters from th USA will impress the fans with their thrilling burn-outs and ultimate exhilaration. In order to heat up the atmosphere cheerleaders drawn from all over Germany will welcome spectators a the Grandstands.

Party, Beer Gardens, Live Music

From Friday through till Sunday you will not find a calm minute on the fan side of the circuit - live music and show acts of talented young musicians will do their best to entertain the crowd. The cultural part of the programme is not missing - Hockenheim's private associations will surprise with their own presentations. The "Erlebnispark Innentribüne" offers entertainmen for families with music trucks, live bands and more.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernd Maylander , Jim Clark