No. 15 | Hockenheim

Hockenheim is an amazing track in a country with so much racing history: it’s a race we really missed not having in the calendar last year. I remember the early years of my career, living and racing in Germany, and it’s always very enjoyable when I go back to visit. I really love German food too!
— Sergio Perez, Force India, July 2018


  • Circuit Experience: 7

  • City Action: 5.5

  • X Factor: 5

Total | 17.5




The team behind this circuit curate a winning lineup of festivities beginning with a Thursday afternoon fan party and revving through the weekend with F1 simulators and driver appearances in the fan zone. You can walk the original track layout and browse relics of the past in an on-site museum, and local race fiends descend upon the Hockenheimring in droves, keeping the energy level high. The track itself is not particularly exciting, but it does offer decent vantage points, especially in the stadium arena section. 


In Hockenheim, we appreciate the ease of finding a cozy hotel and the pleasant weather. Unfortunately, this sleepy city and its neighbors don’t offer much in the way of off-track Formula 1 action. If you fancy a taste of Old World charm, stray from the circuit to explore the nearby fairy-tale towns of Heidelberg and Mannheim and take a  river cruise. Venture farther to see the area’s automotive museums; the city of Stuttgart is home to Mercedes and Porsche galleries containing historic racing cars.  


The Mercedes connection. The 2018 German Grand Prix happened in large part due to a Mercedes sponsorship worth 3 million euros. The manufacturer’s headquarters are located about an hour and a half from the circuit in Affalterbach — die-hard Silver Arrow fans will want to visit for a factory tour, during which you can view the vehicles up close and check out the AMG Performance Studio and Engine Shop. Additionally, the AMG Driving Academy offers behind-the-wheel modules. We wish it were in closer proximity to the circuit so more fans could partake in the experience.