The German GP! One of few races that Sebastian Vettel hasn’t yet won. This will be the 60th German GP and the 40th race at the Nürburgring. Vettel could get his 40th pole or 30th win this weekend and Mercedes-Benz engines could get their 100th pole or fastest lap.The German GP has been held at three different venues, first at the Nürburgring in 1951 with the full Nordschleife layout, one race at AVUS in 1959 and many more at the Hockenheimring. The Nürburgring is 5.148km long with 60 laps in the race, a distance of 308.80km. 16 of the 39 races (41.03%) have been won from pole position and another 11 (28.21%) from second on the grid. Michael Schumacher has won at the Nürburgring a record five times, and Ferrari a record 14 times, though not all of those were German GPs.
The lap record was set by Michael Schumacher in 2004, a time of 1:29.468 and an average speed of 207kph or 129mph. Williams will have their 600th GP this weekend (they celebrated it at Silverstone but it was only number 599) and should start their 596th race.
If Vettel does get his 40th pole this weekend it will also be Red Bull’s 50th. McLaren are still without a podium finish in 2013, the last time they went a season without a win was 2006, which was also the last time Hamilton wasn’t driving for them. But the last time they went a season without a podium was way back in 1980, the final year before their merger with Ron Dennis’ Project 4 F2 team.
The Silly Stats
German’s love a bratwurst! And you could line 25,740 Nordhessische Bratwursts around the Nürburgring. The 25,740 bratwursts could feed about 6,435 David Crofts.
To completely cover the track surface in delicious sausages you would need 8,365,500 of them.
For some more stats on the German GP see my mini-stat page