Trackside – 2019 German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring

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Get the most out of your trip to the 2019 German Grand Prix on July 26-28. 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. One of the highlights of this year’s schedule will be Mick Schumacher driving demonstration laps in his father Michael’s all-conquering Ferrari F2004, in which he won the last of his seven World Championships. Unfortunately, the Hockenheimring misses out again this year on support from Formula 2 and Formula 3, which appear at most other European races. Instead, the support schedule in Germany includes ADAC Formula 4, Porsche Supercup and Renault Clio Cup racing.

Hockenheimring - Need to Know

  • Tune into trackside radio on 92.4 FM for updates on the racing, traffic and parking
  • More information on getting to the Hockenheimring and trackside parking can be found in our Getting There & Around Guide.
  • Download the list of prohibited items at the Hockenheimring, which includes glass containers and bulky items such as bicycles, beverage crates, camera tripods, strollers, folding chairs, cool bags & hiking backpacks
  • Click here for trackside drink prices at the Hockenheimring. A 330ml Heineken costs 4 EUR, while soft drinks and water cost 3.80 EUR (2018 prices)


Thursday, July 25

  • 15:00-15:30: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 16:00-18:00: Public Pit Lane Walk & Track Tours For 3 Day Ticket Holders Only
  • 18:00-19:30: F1 Experiences Exclusive Pit Lane Walk & Guided Track Tour

Friday, July 26

  • 09:45-10:15: ADAC Formula 4 Practice
  • 11:00-12:30: Formula 1 Practice (FP1)
  • 13:00-13:30: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 15:00-16:30: Formula 1 Practice  (FP2)
  • 17:00-17:45: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Practice
  • 18:05-18:35: Renault Clio Cup

Saturday, July 27

  • 09:45-10:25: ADAC Formula 4 Qualifying
  • 10:50-11:20: Renault Clio Cup 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
  • 16:20-16:45: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 17:00-17:35: ADAC Formula 4 First Race
  • 18:00-18:30: Renault Clio Cup First Race
  • 18:45-19:00: Mick Schumacher demonstration laps

Sunday, July 22

  • 09:30-10:00: Renault Clio Cup Second Race
  • 10:25-11:00: ADAC Formula 4 Second Race
  • 11:25-12:00: Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race
  • 12:15-12:35: Formula 1 Pirelli Hot Laps
  • 12:45-13:00: Mick Schumacher demonstration 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 2019

Grandstand Hopping on Friday

  • On Friday, 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!

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.

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

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Andrew Balfour is the Founder and Editor of He originally hails from Adelaide, where he went to his first F1 race way back in 1987. He's been resident in Europe for almost 15 years and travels regularly to F1 races around the world.

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  1. Paul says:

    Are you allowed to bring your own drinks(in tin) to the circuit?

  2. tim says:

    If the GA tickets are sold out online. Will there be any available in the ticket booth at the race track? thanks

  3. Jurgmaat says:

    Do you need special tickets for the f1 fanzone?

    • Editor says:

      No you don’t. In fact, the F1 Fanzone could be entered last year by anyone – there’s only ticket checks when you go inside the grandstand.

  4. Juho says:


    Is there any booze at the fanzone etc?
    Or only beer?

    Thanks in advance

  5. Anna says:

    Anyone know the Mercedes autograph session for tomorrow? Do we need wristbands or just queue?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Anna, the Mercedes autograph session is on Saturday from 18:00-19:45 in the Fan Zone (also Ferrari, Red Bull and Alfa). The other teams’ autograph sessions are on Sunday from 09:00-10:45. I don’t think you need a wristband.

      • Tom says:

        Will the other teams’ autograph session on Sunday be located in the Fanzone?
        We are at the track and we heard a part of the announcement, stating that you can get an autograph only with a special bandage (?). Did they mean wristband? How can you get one? Which colour is it?

        • Editor says:

          There will be two separate drivers’ autograph sessions at the main stage in the F1Fanzone (behind the South Grandstand). (Saturday, July 27 from 18:00-19:45: Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull & Alfa Romeo) (Sunday, July 28 from 09:00-10:45: Haas, Renault, McLaren, Racing Point, Toro Rosso & Williams)

          Sorry, I’m not sure about the wristbands. Best go to the Fanzone today and ask

  6. Alfie says:


    1) Is there any practice laps/races on Oct 16th, afternoon?
    2) If there are no practices/races, can we come in to the track and have a quick tour around?
    3) Is it free?

    Thanks very much!

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