Hockenheim plans improvements to retain German Grand Prix

In a press conference today, the premier of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Erwin Teufel, outlined a plan to improve and modernize the Hockenheim circuit. With the circuit's contract for hosting the German Grand Prix running out after 2001,...

In a press conference today, the premier of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Erwin Teufel, outlined a plan to improve and modernize the Hockenheim circuit. With the circuit's contract for hosting the German Grand Prix running out after 2001, the improvements are critical in order for the track to be able to retain the German Grand Prix after the next season. The proposed concept would shorten the track from 6.8 km to 4.0 km, and make major infrastructure improvements. The total cost of the revitalization program is estimated at some DM 95M (US$45M).

Teufel and Edumnd Stoiber, the premier of Bavaria, will meet with the managing director of FOA and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone on Sunday to discuss the plans in some detail and to convince him of the advantages of continuing to host the Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

With the new state-of-the-art Lausitzring facility, located north of Dresden in eastern Germany, opening this summer, Hockenheim has its work cut out in order to keep Formula One.

Lausitzring will host the first European CART race on its tri-oval circuit, and it is keen to attract the Grand Prix circus as well, as its four circuit layouts include, in addition to an oval and a long-distance circuit, versions for Grand Prix auto and motorcycle racing.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Bernie Ecclestone