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The German Grand Prix - did you know? 04 Jul 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB7. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Race, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 24 July 2011 1959 German Grand Prix. Avus, Berlin, Germany. Tony Brooks (Ferrari Dino 246) leads Stirling Moss, Masten Gregory, Jack Brabham (all Cooper T51 Climax), Jo Bonnier (BRM P25) and Dan Gurney (Ferrari Dino 246) on the banked North Turn. Michael Schumacher shows his support for his home Grand Prix in 1993 The start of the 1976 German Grand Prix - the last on the Nurburgring's Nordschleife Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault celebrates with the Renault team. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, 24 July 2005 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20 spins out of the race when the front suspension breaks on the last lap. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, European Grand Prix, Race, Nurburgring, Germany, 29 May 2005 Polesitter Jacky Ickx (BEL) gets slightly airbourne over one of the many undulations at the Nurburgring in his Ferrari 312 on the way to a fourth place finish. 1968 German Grand Prix Winner Rubens Barrichello(BRA) Ferrari F1 2000 showers himself with champagne aftre winning his first GP, helped by 2nd placed Mika Hakkinen(FIN) Mclaren MP4-15 (behind) German GP, Hockenheim, 30 July 2000. World © Sutton Race winner Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Race, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 12 July 2009 Polesitter Teo Fabi (ITA) Toleman TG185, DNF. 1985 German Grand Prix, Nurburgring Jenson Button (GBR) BAR finished in 2nd place.
Formula One World Championship, Rd12, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Hockenheim, Germany, 25 July 2004

Did you know that Germany has hosted a record 73 rounds of the Formula One world championship or that Michael Schumacher’s victories alone would put German drivers third in the all-time wins list? As the Nurburgring prepares to host the Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Deutchland 2013 - the 60th running of the event - we compile all the essential facts and figures…

• Germany has hosted a record 73 rounds of the world championship - 59 as the German Grand Prix, 12 as the European Grand Prix and two as the Luxembourg Grand Prix.

• Three venues have hosted the German Grand Prix - the Nurburgring (25 times), Hockenheim (33 times) and Avus in Berlin (once). However, the Nurburgring has also hosted the European Grand Prix 12 times and the Luxembourg Grand Prix twice.

• 42 German drivers have started a world championship Grand Prix, with seven of those drivers having won one or more race. German drivers (or specifically Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel) have won ten world titles - the second highest total of any country behind Great Britain (14).

• There are four German drivers on the current grid (Sebastian Vettel, Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg) - the same number as both Great Britain and France.

• The first German Grand Prix took place at the Nurburgring in 1951 on the famous 22.8-kilometre Nordschleife circuit. It was won by Alberto Ascari for Ferrari. The Nordschleife hosted its last Grand Prix in 1976. The circuit raced used now, the ‘new’ Nurburgring, is just 5.148 kilometres long.

• The German Grand Prix has been won five times by two German drivers from the same family. Michael Schumacher won it four times (a record), Ralf Schumacher once.

• The most recent German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring took place in 2011 and was won by Lewis Hamilton for McLaren. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was second and Red Bull’s Mark Webber was third.

• Ferrari are overwhelmingly the most successful team in German Grand Prix history. The Italian team has won the race 21 times - 11 times more than the next best team, Williams. In total, Ferrari have 14 Nurburgring victories to their name - also a record.

• Fernando Alonso has the best record of any current driver in Germany. The Spaniard has won the German Grand Prix three times, the same number of times as Juan Manuel Fangio, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna. He’s also won twice at the Nurburgring (in 2005 and 2007 when it held the European Grand Prix). Mark Webber (2009) and Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2011) are the only other current drivers to have won either in Germany or specifically at the Nurburgring .

• Germany must be Kimi Raikkonen’s most unlucky country to compete in. The Finn has raced there 16 times but has never won and has retired from the German Grand Prix on six occasions.

• In the 17 previous world championship Grands Prix at the ‘new’ Nurburgring (including German, European and Luxembourg Grands Prix), the pole sitter has been victorious on only three occasions. The furthest back on the grid any race winner has started in these 17 races is 14th - that was Johnny Herbert in the 1999 European Grand Prix.

• According to Williams, they’ll start their 600th race in Germany - the third highest total achieved by any team (behind Ferrari and McLaren).

• Jim Clark and Jacky Ickx share the record for most German Grand Prix pole positions with four apiece. Ickx won the race twice, but Clark only won once.

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 61 per cent of the current Nurburgring’s lap distance. They also make an average of 60 gear changes per lap which equates to 3,600 gear changes over the 60-lap race.

• Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has never won his home event, making it one of just three Grands Prix on the calendar he hasn’t won (the others are Hungary and the USA). His best result in Germany is second in 2009. He's also never won a race in the month of July...

• Germany’s most famous racer, Michael Schumacher, has a record 91 Grand Prix wins to his name - that’s more on his own than the total wins for all but two countries, including France (79), Finland (46) and Italy (43).

• A number of milestones have taken place at the German Grand Prix over the years:

- A small number of drivers have scored maiden wins in Germany: Alberto Ascari (1951), John Surtees (1963), Patrick Tambay (1982), Rubens Barrichello (2000), Mark Webber (2009).

- A larger group of drivers and teams have claimed maiden pole positions on German soil: Alberto Ascari (1951), Dan Gurney and Porsche (1962), Jacky Ickx (1968), the Wolf team (1977 with Jody Scheckter) Alain Prost (1981), Teo Fabi and Toleman (1985), Juan Pablo Montoya (2001) and Mark Webber (2009).

- Riccardo Patrese started his 250th Formula One race at Hockenheim in 1993. Nelson Piquet started his 150th race at the same track in 1988, whilst Lewis Hamilton and Jo Bonnier both made their 100th race starts in Germany, in 2012 and 1969 respectively.

- Mika Hakkinen claimed McLaren’s 100th Formula One pole position at the 1999 German Grand Prix.

• And now some milestones that have taken place at the ‘new’ Nurburgring, since 1984:

- The circuit was the scene of Jacques Villeneuve’s first Formula One win in 1996 and Stewart GP’s first victory in 1999.

- Mika Hakkinen scored the first of his 26 Formula One pole positions here in 1997.

- Michael Schumacher started his 200th Formula One race at the ‘Ring’ in 2004, Jean Alesi, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher all started their 150th races at the circuit (in 1998, 2003 and 2006 respectively), and Giancarlo Fisichella his 100th (in 2002).

• Michael Schumacher holds the lap record for the Nurburgring - 1m 29.468s set in a Ferrari in 2004.

• Jenson Button has appeared in more German Grands Prix than any other current driver - 12 in total. He has three podium finishes in the race to his name.

• If Ferrari finish in the top ten this weekend, it will be their 57th consecutive race in the points, edging them ever closer to McLaren’s record. The British team’s 64-race run finally came to an end earlier this season in Canada.

• And finally, Kimi Raikkonen overhauled Michael Schumacher’s record of 24 consecutive races in the points by claiming fifth place at Silverstone. Can he make it 26 in Germany or will his run finally end at 25?

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