Trackside – 2018 German Grand Prix at Hockenheimring

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Get the most out of your trip to the 2018 German Grand Prix on July 19-22. Here’s our trackside guide to the Hockenheimring, including the full on-track schedule.

With a compact stadium layout and plenty of passionate local fans, the trackside experience at the Hockenheimring is excellent. You are also free to check out the views from most of the grandstands on Friday, which is always an added bonus. More information on getting to the Hockenheimring and trackside parking can be found in our Getting There & Around Guide.

Hockenheimring - Need to Know

  • Tune into trackside radio on 92.4 FM for updates on the racing, traffic and parking
  • Head to Karlsruherstraße in the nearby town of Hockenheimring on Saturday evening for a street party with live music, food and drink from 18:00-24:00
  • More information on getting to the Hockenheimring and trackside parking can be found in our Getting There & Around Guide.


Thursday, July 19

  • 16:00-18:00: Public Pit Lane Walk & Track Tours For 3 Day Ticket Holders Only

Friday, July 20

  • 09:45-10:15: ADAC F4 Practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 Practice (FP1)
  • 13:00-13:25: BOSS GP Practice 1
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 Practice  (FP2)
  • 17:20-18:05: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice
  • 18:30-18:55: BOSS GP Practice 2

Saturday, July 21

  • 09:50-10:25: ADAC F4 Qualifying
  • 10:50-11:20: BOSS GP Qualifying
  • 12:00-13:00: Formula 1 Practice (FP3)
  • 13:55-14:25: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Qualifying
  • 15:00-16:00: Formula 1 Qualifying
  • 17:00-17:35: ADAC F4 First Race (TBC laps)
  • 18:00-18:25: BOSS GP First Race (TBC laps)
  • 18:00-19:00: F1 Fan Forum in Fanzone (TBC)

Sunday, July 22

  • 10:10-10:45: ADAC F4 Second Race (TBC laps)
  • 11:10-11:40: BOSS GP Second Race (TBC laps)
  • 12:05-12:40: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race (14 laps)
  • 13:30-14:00: F1 Drivers’ Track Parade
  • 14:00-14:15: Starting Grid Presentation
  • 15:10-17:10: Formula One Emirates Grosser Preis von Deutschland 2018

Thursday Activities

The German Grand Prix weekend kicks off on Thursday afternoon with a public pit lane walk for holders of 3-day race tickets from 16:00-19:00. Track tours are also being held at this time, as well as a “Fan Party” on the pit straight.

Grandstand Hopping on Friday

  • On Friday, July 20, spectators are free to check out the following grandstands: Südtribüne A-E-H,  Nordtribüne B, Innentribüne C and Mercedes-Tribüne A-F.
  • Access to the following higher-priced grandstands is restricted to fans holding tickets for one of the grandstands: Haupttribüne, Südtribüne Yellow, C &D and Mercedes G-M.
  • The following grandstands are closed on Friday: Südtribüne B-F-G, Innentribüne A/B & Nordtribüne A-C.

Explore the original Hockenheimring layout

For the younger fans; Before the current layout was introduced in 2002, the Hockenheimring was a high-speed track with long straights deep into the forest, devoid of spectators.  This layout featured legendary slipstream battles between drivers like Senna, Prost and Schumacher. After 2002 the old track layout was reforested. In areas where they drove cars at 350 km/h, it is now just grass and trees, but you can still make out the old circuit. For F1 fans who like adventure or just want a nice walk, this is the perfect place.

Hockenheimring Museum

The on-site museum at the Hockenheimring is worth checking out. Located between the South Grandstand and the A6 Motorway, entry is just €1 if you present a valid race ticket (otherwise €6). The display measures over 2000m2 and features 300 exhibits, including F1 cars from Zakspeed, ATS, Minardi, Benetton and Williams! This year, a special photographic exhibition is dedicated to the career of Jim Clark, who lost his life at the Hockenheimring in 1968.

F1 Fanzone

As usual, the F1 Fanzone (located behind the Main Grandstand) has plenty of activities to keep you occupied when there’s no action on the track. You can purchase the latest team merchandise or test your skills on various simulators and in pitstop and reaction time challenges. The F1 drivers will be appearing for an autograph session on the stage in the F1 Fanzone from 16:45-19:00 on Saturday, after qualifying.

Been to the Hockenheimring? Leave a comment with your trackside tips!

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