Hockenheim (DEU)

Fact File

Nation: Germany
Length: 4.574km / 2.842mi
First Built: 1932
Lap Record: 1:13.780s (Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren, 2004)

 

Despite several redesigns since it’s inception, the Hockenheimring retains it’s challenging nature and will host the final round of the 2018 Formula Renault Northern European Cup season.

The field will accelerate after lights out to the incredibly sharp Nordkurve at Turn 1, as well as navigating the technical stadium section at Mercedes and through the final sector. Overtaking opportunities are aplenty, not least into the Hairpin at Turn 6 after the long, sweeping Parabolica.

It was at this venue last year that Michael Benyahia overcame his R-Ace GP team mate Gilles Magnus at the final round of the season to become champion.

Technical Insight – Edwin van den Heuvel

“Hockenheim has quite a narrow track surface, but despite that it offers plenty of overtaking opportunities to those brave enough to take them, not least under heavy braking into the Hairpin.

“Unlike Spa, it features very little change in elevation across the lap, but straight line speed is just as important, particularly out of the final two corners to ensure a good speed down the main straight. Getting the Mercedes Arena section right is critical to ensure a good lap time here.”