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Huge home crowd greets Schumacher win 30 Jun 2003

Race winner Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, European Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, 29 June 2003

The Grand Prix of Europe is always one of the most popular races on the calendar, thanks to the sheer enthusiasm of the German fans, who flock to the Nurburgring in their thousands to see the likes of Michael and Ralf Schumacher, Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen do battle in their home race.

And this year was no exception. Despite the rain on Friday, 48,000 Formula One racing fans visited the track to see practice and first qualifying, while 68,000 attended on Saturday for the all-important final qualifying session.

On Sunday the figure rose dramatically, with 123,000 fans witnessing Ralf Schumacher lead home a 1-2 victory for Williams and BMW, giving a total attendance for the three days of 239,000. "We have always had high capacity to accommodate our fans," said a spokesman for the Nurburgring circuit.