FACTS

Circuit length: 16.123 miles (25.947km)
2016 winners: Maro Engel/Bernd Schneider/Adam Christodoulou/Manuel Metzger (Mercedes)

  • The Nurburgring is located in the Eifel Mountains, where races were held on public roads as early as 1922. This was deemed too dangerous and the circuit was devised. Construction was completed in 1927, with an original length of 17.5 miles.
  • The Nordschleife (Northern Loop) held the German round of the Formula 1 World Championship most years from 1951 to 1976, when safety concerns and difficulties broadcasting from the long circuit meant it was deemed unsuitable. That decision was made prior to the final race in 1976, when Niki Lauda suffered life-threatening burns in a crash.
  • A new grand prix track was opened to the south of the Nordschleife in 1984, and intermittently hosted F1 races until 2013.
  • The 24 Hours was first held in 1970, and today takes place on a combination of the Nordschleife and the modern grand prix circuit.
  • When not in use for racing, the Nordschleife is regularly open to the public, attracting 'tourists' from around the world. It is also popular with car manufacturers for both testing and development purposes and record attempts.

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

The Nordschleife is considered possibly the toughest circuit in the world, and I can't wait to race on it. It will be hard to learn so many corners, but with three warm-up races I should hopefully know my way around! It’s like a motor racing equivalent of a rollercoaster: lots of undulation and some corners with steep banking. In the mountains the weather can have a really big impact too: the 2016 race was stopped because of a hail storm which made it near-impossible to stay on the track!