Need To Know: 2019 German Grand Prix

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The eleventh round of the 2019 F1 season takes place at the Hockenheimring. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the German Grand Prix weekend on July 26-28, 2019!

Formula 1 first visited the Hockenheim circuit in 1970, with the German Grand Prix moving to the track at short notice due to safety concerns at the Nurburgring. The German Grand Prix found a more permanent home at the track in 1977, and since 2008 the event has been held at Hockenheim in alternate years. Thanks to strong ticket sales in 2018 and the return of Mercedes as title sponsor, the race has returned for a second consecutive year in 2019. The future of the German Grand Prix beyond this year is in doubt though, with the Hockenheim race seemingly in a shootout with the Mexican and Spanish Grands Prix for the final spot on the 2020 calendar.

With that in mind, you’ll want to make the most of your German Grand Prix trip in what could be F1’s last race at Hockenheim for the time being. There are many interesting museums in the surrounding area, such as the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche museums in Stuttgart, which are all worth checking out. You can find more about the best places to visit on your German Grand Prix trip in Off-Track Activities.

Heading to Hockenheim for the first time? All the essential travel information you need is in Travel Basics.

In 2018, ticket sales for the German Grand Prix increased by 43,000 since Hockenheim last hosted the event in 2016. Attendance is not expected to be as high this year. In April, it was reported that ticket sales had slumped by 48,000 compared to at the same point in 2018. The German Grand Prix ranks as the ninth-cheapest race to attend this season, both in terms of 3-day general admission tickets and for grandstand tickets with a view of the starting grid.

Check out our Budget Planner for the lowdown on what you can expect to spend on a trip to the German Grand Prix!

What to look forward to at the 2019 German Grand Prix

Last year’s German Grand Prix was one of the most dramatic of the season, with a mid-race rain shower changing the complexion of the Grand Prix. Pole sitter Sebastian Vettel was hunting down his first Hockenheim win, but crashed out on the slippery track. After a poor qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took victory from fourteenth on the grid. By doing so he took the championship lead – which he held on to for the rest of 2018. Will this year’s race be as dramatic? If you’re interested in Formula 1 history there are three points of interest: there’s the on-site Hockenheimring museum which displays a number of historic F1 cars; there’s a memorial to Jim Clark – who died at the track in a Formula 2 race in 1968; and there’s the opportunity to check out the old track which wound its way through the forest.

You can read more about the history of the event in Race Facts.

Although Hockenheim won’t host Formula 2 and Formula 3 like the other European venues, there is still a busy support package. ADAC Formula 4, Porsche Supercup and Renault Clio Cup races will all be taking place over the weekend. In addition, Mick Schumacher will be driving laps in his father’s 2004 Ferrari on both Saturday and Sunday. You can find all the vital information about watching the race, including session times, on our updated Trackside page.

Any questions about the 2019 German Grand Prix weekend? Ask in the comments below or find us on Twitter and we’ll do our best to answer!

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Nicky Haldenby is a Formula One writer from Scarborough, England. Having grown up with F1 often on the TV on Sunday afternoons, Nicky has been following the sport avidly since 2006. After graduating from University in 2015 with a First Class degree in English Language and Literature, he founded his own F1 website and now regularly writes articles about both the sport's history and current affairs.

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