German Grand Prix facts and figures

Reuters

Wed, 20 Jul 13:00:00 2011

Facts and figures for Sunday's German Formula One Grand Prix at Nuerburgring (NOTE: Last year's race was at Hockenheim):

Lap distance: 60 laps of 5.148 km (3.199 miles), total distance 308.863 km (191.938 miles).

Race lap record at Nuerburgring: Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari, one minute 29.468 (207.144 kph/128.713 mph), 2004.

2009 pole position: Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull

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Past form at Nuerburgring:

09 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 Sebastian Vettel 2 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Mark Webber 1 3 R R 7 6 15 - - - - - - - Fernando Alonso 7 1 2 1 5 4 - 14 - - - - - - Lewis Hamilton 18 9 - - - - - - - - - - - - Jenson Button 5 R R 10 3 7 5 13 10 - - - - - Felipe Massa 3 2 3 14 9 - 6 - - - - - - - Nico Rosberg 4 R 7 - - - - - - - - - - - Nick Heidfeld 10 6 10 2 10 8 7 R DQ - - - - - Michael Schumacher - - 1 5 1 5 2 1 1 - 2 R 2 1 Adrian Sutil 15 R - - - - - - - - - - - - Sebastien Buemi 16 - - - - - - - - - - - - - Rubens Barrichello 6 11 5 3 2 3 1 5 4 3 11 R 5 4 Jarno Trulli 17 13 9 8 4 R 8 R R 2 R - - - Vitantonio Liuzzi - R 10 9 - - - - - - - - - - Heikki Kovalainen 8 8 - - - - - - - - - - - - Timo Glock 9 - - - - - - - - - - - - -

NOTE: 1995, 1996, 1999-2007 races were as European Grand Prix. 1997 and 1998 races were as Luxembourg Grand Prix.

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Brief description of last five races at Nuerburgring:

2009 - Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull

Webber savoured his first Formula One victory, in his 130th race, and became the first Australian to win a grand prix since Alan Jones in 1981. Webber started on pole and won despite a drive-through penalty for banging into Brawn's Rubens Barrichello into the first corner.

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2007 - Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren

Alonso cut team mate Lewis Hamilton's overall lead to two points. Hamilton's run of nine podiums in a row ended with the Briton lapped and ninth after a big crash in qualifying. The race was halted for 22 minutes after four laps due to a heavy downpour with Germany's Markus Winkelhock leading for Spyker.

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2006 - Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari

Schumacher put himself back in the title fight with his second win in a row. Alonso, on pole, was second for his 11th successive finish in the top three. Massa's third place gave the Brazilian the first podium finish of his Formula One career.

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2005 - Alonso, Renault

Alonso won after McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen suffered suspension failure on the last lap while leading. Heidfeld, starting on pole for the first time, was second for Williams.

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2004 - Michael Schumacher, Ferrari

Schumacher won for the sixth time in seven races but left the champagne unsprayed in respect to FIAT chairman Umberto Agnelli, who had died on the Thursday.

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Circuit details

Nestling in the wooded Eifel hills south of Cologne, the old track was dubbed the 'Green Hell' and regarded as the most challenging in the world until it was taken off the calendar in 1976 following Austrian Niki Lauda's near-fatal crash.

Lauda suffered severe burns and was saved by four fellow drivers who dragged him from his blazing car.

A shorter track opened again in 1982 and Formula One returned for the 1984 and 1985 seasons. The track was modified again in 2002 with a new stadium section. The weather is often damp and cloudy.

Since 2008, Nuerburgring has alternated with Hockenheim.

 

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