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Jean-Eric Vergne sufffered more than his share of bad luck at the Spanish Grand Prix, but he intends to take it in his stride as he makes steps toward Monaco...
Small windows - Daniel's blog May 14, 2013
With upgrades on the STR8, Toro Rosso looked stronger in Barcelona, and after productive practice sessions, Daniel qualified 11th. In the race he advanced on that to finish 10th and snatch the final...
The enduring passion of karting | JEV's blog May 1, 2013
In the week since the Bahrain Grand Prix, Jean-Eric Vergne has gone back to college and taken some of the Toro Rosso team karting for his birthday...
The ups and downs of F1 - Daniel's blog Apr 22, 2013
After a career-best result last week in China, this week Daniel Ricciardo experienced the other side of things as his Bahrain Grand Prix was ruined by a suspiciously reluctant Toro Rosso STR8.
A little desert rain storm | JEV's blog Apr 18, 2013
The rain in Bahrain falls mainly on Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne as he reveals in his latest blog...
- Hockenheim, Germany
- JUL 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- JUL 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM
After much uncertainty the German Grand Prix breathed a huge sigh of relief in 2009 when its Hockenheim future was finally secured. A financial rescue package is now in place where Formula One Administration and race organisers have agreed to share the liabilities of the event, and in addition the Nurburgring and Hockenheim will continue with their cost-cutting race-share agreement taking turns alternating the event each year.
This year's event takes place at Hockenheimring, which was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest. Several fatal accidents over the years have resulted in additional chicanes and a slowing of the circuit.
Numerous problems came to light during the 2000 German Grand Prix, when Rubens Barrichello won after starting 18th on the grid. All the overtaking took place during the race's forest section, meaning hardly any spectators saw the best action. French driver Jean Alesi had a massive accident at the 3rd chicane after a collision in the braking zone, and a recently sacked Mercedes employee breached the track on the first main straight, highlighting vulnerable security facilities in the forest. These events clearly showed the track was no longer suited to modern Formula One racing. F1 officials threatened to discontinue use of the track unless major improvements were made, and in the early part of the new century that's exactly what happened. The stadium section remained mostly intact, despite a new surface and a tighter Turn 1. However, the circuit was dramatically shortened, with the long, forest straights chopped off in favour of more tight corners. In an extremely controversial move, the old forest section was torn up and replanted with trees.