Hockenheim - Germany

German Grand Prix - 03 August 2003
 
Race Distance : 307.125km / 190.839m
Number of Laps : 45
Lap Distance : 6.825km / 4.240m
Lap Record : J.P. Montoya 1.41.808
Qualifying : 13:00 - Jul 27/2002
Race : 14:00 - Jul 28/2002


From the Start-Finish line, cars approach Nord Kurve, a fast right-hander that is taken in 4th gear at 125 mph and exited in 5th ready to move up to top gear and accelerating to around 210 mph for the long run to the first chicane. The posthumously named Jim Clark Kurve slows cars to 2nd gear as they brake hard at -3.2g, decelerating to 60 mph before accelerating back up to 200 mph deep into the forest.
Before the Ostkurve, the drivers get busy. The previous straight turns into a sharp right-left turn taken in 2nd gear at 50 mph before it becomes a long right-hand bend about 350 metres before Ostkurve is entered - a chicane which is a right-left taken in 2nd gear leading into a long, fast right-hander and on to the next straight. The Ayrton Senna Kurve, which is also known as Bremskurve 3, is approached down the back straight at 205 mph. The left-right turn slows the cars drastically to 60 mph as it's taken in 2nd gear and then it's full-power as the cars accelerate back up to 195 mph before the stadium complex begins to come into view.
The Agip Kurve is a fast right-hander that is taken in 4th gear at 105 mph and leads quickly into the Sachs Kurve as drivers shift down to a 60 mph 2nd gear for the hairpin that has a well-earned reputation for being slippery. The final section in the stadium complex that leads back to the start line, the Süd or Opel Kurve, is a double-apex hairpin with both right-handers taken in 3rd gear at an average of 90 mph and leading into the finishing straight where cars can accelerate to 175 mph.

 

 

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