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(Emercedesbenz ) Round 10 of the 2012 Formula One World Championship marks the second home race in succession, for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team. The German Grand Prix takes place on Sunday, July 22 at the Hockenheimring which is just 100kms from the Daimler and Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart. The British Grand Prix earlier this month at Silverstone was only 8 miles from the team’s factory

The 2012 German Grand Prix will be the 33rd held at Hockenheim; Mercedes-Benz power has won twice, in 1998 and 2008

This year´s race marks the tenth anniversary of the circuit´s redesign and the construction of the Mercedes Grandstand

The Drag Reduction System can be deployed for 59% of the lap in qualifying – the fourth highest value of the season

In seven races over the past ten years at Hockenheim, the Safety Car has been deployed on just two occasion

History of Hockenheim

When war broke out the construction was halted and in the post-war Germany the Nurburgring became the venue for Formula One, with Hockenheim hosting a few smaller events. When a plan to build an Autobahn through the circuit was approved, the government supplied Hockenheim with a large sum by way of compensation. This money was used to build a new circuit, the now famous Hockenheim circuit which cut through the forest before looping into the wonderful stadium section around which large grandstands were erected.

In 1968 Hockenheim hit the headlines when Jim Clark was killed there in an F2 race. Nevertheless, Formula One came to the track in 1970 as the Nurburgring was quickly becoming outdated. Once the Nurburgring had been updated however the sport returned there, leaving Hockenheim with national and F2 events.

In 1976, Niki Lauda suffered horrific burns at the Nurburgring and from that point on Hockenheim became the home of the German Grand Prix. In 1980 Patrick Depailler was killed in testing at the track, and a chicane was put in to break up the fast Ostkurve. Didier Pironi suffered terrible injuries to his legs in an accident in 1982, though Patrick Tambay brought the Ferrari team some consolation with a win that weekend.

Ever since the debut of Michael Schumacher, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim has been one of the most atmospheric races of the season, the noise in the stadium section being quite deafening at times. In 2002 the long runs through the forest were done away with and the layout of the track was heavily modified. Despite arguments that it had lost some of its character, the first race at the new track, in 2002, was deemed a great success and has remained a regular feature on the Formula One calendar ever since.

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