2014 Formula 1 calendar

Australian GP 14-16 Mar
Malaysian GP 28-30 Mar
Bahrain GP 4-6 Apr
Chinese GP 18-20 Apr
Spanish GP 9-11 May
Monaco GP 22-25 May
Canadian GP 6-8 Jun
Austrian GP 20-22 Jun
British GP 4-6 Jul
German GP 18-20 Jul
Hungarian GP 25-27 Jul
Belgian GP 22-24 Aug
Italian GP 5-7 Sep
Singapore GP 19-21 Sep
Japanese GP 3-5 Oct
Russian GP 10-12 Oct
United States GP 31-2 Nov
Brazilian GP 7-9 Nov
Abu Dhabi GP 21-23 Nov




2015 Formula 1 preview

Indian GP: Buddh Circuit.
GP of America: Port Imperial Street Circuit, New Jersey.
German GP: Nurburgring.
Mexican GP: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Formula 1 German Grand Prix 2015

Nürburgring.

Nurburgring, often called "The Ring" by the enthusiasts, has a mix of high and low-speed corners with limited overtaking possibilities, putting a premium on qualifying and fast pit stops. As the track is located right next to the Eifel Mountains, the weather is a constant concern and may play a decisive role in the race. After a downpour on the track it really takes time to dry up. The track usually shows average tyre wear and typically a medium to soft tyre compound is used. The biggest challenge for the drivers and teams is to make sure the tyres stay up to temperature given the low surrounding temperatures.

To be competitive you need a car with good traction, which is very stable while braking. The Nurburgring also demands some of the highest downforce levels of the season. The tight and challenging circuit is 5.15 kilometers long and features 15 corners, 9 right-handers and 6 left-handers. The best overtaking opportunity is in the first corner, where drivers can take various different racing lines. It is very important to get a quick and clean exit here not to being re-passed. The NGK chicane at turns 13 and 14 is also a possible overtaking spot.

The old Nurburgring was two circuits which could be used together, making a total of 174 corners, or as separate entities. The Nordschleife (North Loop) was 22.81 glorious kilometers of tarmac and the Sudschleife (South Loop) was a mere 7.75 kilometers. Nordschleife was nicknamed "The Green Hell" by Jackie Stewart, three-time winner of the German Grand Prix. The old circuit was dropped from the Formula One calendar after Niki Lauda's accident in 1976. Several touring car series are still competing on the Nordschleife and it is also accessible for public driving.

Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany on Google Maps

A virtual lap of Nürburgring F1 circuit