Lauda practicing for the last Grand Prix on the Nordschleife Nurburg circuit

Lauda practicing for the last Grand Prix on the Nordschleife Nurburg circuit, he would nearly lose his life in the race leading to the German Grand Prix changing to Hockenheim, (1976) photo by Mick Dodsworth, all rights reserved

Turns 3 and 7 are some of the best places to watch from; turn three is a good overtaking opportunity, often setup along the start finish straight and going into turn 1, even if a drivers gets an overtake done into turn one they have a good chance of losing a place here. Turn 7 is the hairpin, there isn’t too much room to go wide here and cars will often be looking to get a better drive out of here than the cars they’re racing rather than going for an overtake.

 

Nurburg the Green Hell

The 1971 Grand Prix at the Nordschleife: The Green Hell, photo by Mick Dodsworth all rights reserved

When talking about classic races here if we include the Nordschleife of course we could be here all day but focusing on the newer track, that has been in use since 1984, 2007 is one race that stands out. This saw chaos at the start as the rain started to pour and cars started aquaplaning, this included around 7 cars at one corner, including Hamilton. Hamilton managed to keep his engine running and was lifted back on to the track while he was still in the car. The race was then red flagged with Markus Winkelhock, Manfred Winkelhock’s son, starting in first on the restart, this on his F1 debut he had been the only car to come in after the warm up lap to put on wet tyres. Winkelhock couldn’t hold his lead for long though and was soon passed by Massa and Alonso, it was these two who fought tooth and nail for the win in racing that really made this a classic, along with Hamilton fighting through from the back though he didn’t manage a points finish after changing on to dry tyres a little too early.

nurburg-podium-2009

The 2009 German Grand Prix podium, photo by Marc John