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The Nürburgring is a motor racing circuit near Nürburg, Ahrweiler in West-Central Germany. The circuit is one of two circuits which currently play host to the German Grand Prix. The Nürburgring is used in odd-numbered years, with the Hockenheimring taking the even-numbered years, though no German Grand Prix was held at either circuit in 2015. The circuit has also hosted the Luxembourg Grand Prix and European Grand Prix in the past.

The circuit has undergone several major changes in its history, from the 22.8km Nordschleife and 28.3km Gesamtstrecke to the 5.148km GP-Strecke which is used currently. The Nordschleife layout, used for 22 Formula One World Championship events between 1951 and 1976, is second only to the Pescara Circuit in Italy in terms of the longest circuits ever used in F1.

The current layout of the GP-Strecke was first used in 2002, and has been used nine times since.


Circuit HistoryEdit

The Nürburgring was designed in the early-1920s by German architect, Gustav Eichler to alleviate the use of public roads for racing, a practice which was seen as dangerous. Construction of the original 28km track began in September 1925 and took just a year and a half to complete. The Gesamtstrecke officially opened in 18th June 1927 with a series of motorcycle and sidecar races, with motorcar races taking to the new track the following day. Among the winners of the car races was Rudolf Caracciola, who would become three-time European Champion over the next 21 years. The full length circuit was used for the last time in 1929, after which the majority of races were held on the slightly shorter Nordschleife. The Sudschleife would continue to be used by motorcycle races and minor events until 1973 when it was abandoned.

From 1929, the German Grand Prix was held on the Nordschleife as part of the European Championship until the event joined the Formula One World Championship in 1951 until 1954. The 1954 event was marred by the death of Onofre Marimón during practice.

In 1955, in the wake of the Le Mans disaster, the German Grand Prix was cancelled, along with the French, Spanish and Swiss Grands Prix. The German Grand Prix returned to the Nürburgring in 1956 where it continued for three years.

At the 1958 German Grand Prix, Peter Collins was killed when his Ferrari Dino 246 ran wide into a ditch and was propelled into the air. Collins was thrown out of the vehicle and struck a tree, causing fatal head injuries.

Following a year at AVUS and a Formula 2 event at the Sudschleife in 1960, Formula One returned to the Nürburgring in 1961 where is would stay for the remainder of the decade. During this time, two Formula One drivers were killed at the circuit: Carel Godin de Beaufort in 1964 and John Taylor in 1966.

Circuit LayoutsEdit

Current Layouts Edit

  • Nordschleife
  • GP Strecke
  • GP Sprint
  • Müllenbachschleife
  • Touristenfahrten

Previous LayoutsEdit

  • Sudschleife
  • Betonschleife

Event historyEdit

The following is a list of Grand Prix events held at the Nürburgring, with a rose background meaning a non-championship event, and a yellow for the pre-war European Championship:

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor
1927 German Grand Prix Germany Otto Merz Germany Mercedes
1928 German Grand Prix Germany Rudolf Caracciola
Germany Christian Werner
Germany Mercedes
1929 German Grand Prix Monaco Louis Chiron France Bugatti
1931 German Grand Prix Germany Rudolf Caracciola Germany Mercedes
1932 German Grand Prix Germany Rudolf Caracciola Italy Alfa Romeo
1934 German Grand Prix Germany Hans Stuck Germany Ferrari
1935 German Grand Prix Italy Tazio Nuvolari Italy Alfa Romeo
1936 German Grand Prix Germany Bernd Rosemeyer Germany Auto Union
1937 German Grand Prix Germany Rudolf Caracciola Germany Mercedes
1938 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Richard Seaman Germany Mercedes
1939 German Grand Prix Germany Rudolf Caracciola Germany Mercedes
1950 German Grand Prix Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari
1951 German Grand Prix Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari
1952 German Grand Prix Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Ferrari
1953 German Grand Prix Italy Giuseppe Farina Italy Ferrari
1954 German Grand Prix Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Germany Mercedes
1956 German Grand Prix Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Ferrari
1957 German Grand Prix Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio Italy Maserati
1958 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Vanwall
1961 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Stirling Moss United Kingdom Lotus-Climax
1962 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Graham Hill United Kingdom BRM
1963 German Grand Prix United Kingdom John Surtees Italy Ferrari
1964 German Grand Prix United Kingdom John Surtees Italy Ferrari
1965 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Jim Clark United Kingdom Lotus-Climax
1966 German Grand Prix Australia Jack Brabham United Kingdom Brabham-Repco
1967 German Grand Prix New Zealand Denny Hulme United Kingdom Brabham-Repco
1968 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Matra-Ford
1969 German Grand Prix Belgium Jacky Ickx United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
1971 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
1972 German Grand Prix Belgium Jacky Ickx Italy Ferrari
1973 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Jackie Stewart United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford
1974 German Grand Prix Switzerland Clay Regazzoni Italy Ferrari
1975 German Grand Prix Argentina Carlos Reutemann United Kingdom Brabham-Ford
1976 German Grand Prix United Kingdom James Hunt United Kingdom McLaren-Ford
1984 European Grand Prix France Alain Prost United Kingdom McLaren-TAG
1985 German Grand Prix Italy Michele Alboreto Italy Ferrari
1995 European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Benetton-Renault
1996 European Grand Prix Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault
1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Renault
1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
1999 European Grand Prix United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford
2000 European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2001 European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2002 European Grand Prix Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari
2003 European Grand Prix Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW
2004 European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2005 European Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
2006 European Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2007 European Grand Prix Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
2009 German Grand Prix Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault
2011 German Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes
2013 German Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault

NotesEdit


V T E Germany German Grand Prix
Circuits Nürburgring (1951–1954, 1956–1958, 1960–1969, 1970–1976, 1985, 2007–2013*), AVUS (1959), Hockenheimring (1970, 1977–1984, 1986–2006, 2007–2014*, 2016, 2018)
Nurburgring2002
Hockenheimring2002
Races 1950 • 1951 • 1952 • 1953 • 1954 • 1955 • 1956 • 1957 • 1958 • 1959 • 1960 • 1961 • 1962 • 1963 • 1964 • 1965 • 1966 • 1967 • 1968 • 1969 • 1970 • 1971 • 1972 • 1973 • 1974 • 1975 • 1976 • 1977 • 1978 • 1979 • 1980 • 1981 • 1982 • 1983 • 1984 • 1985 • 1986 • 1987 • 1988 • 1989 • 1990 • 1991 • 1992 • 1993 • 1994 • 1995 • 1996 • 1997 • 1998 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 •
* Nürburgring and Hockenheimring alternated between each other during these years.
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