In the early 2000s, F1 officials demanded the 6.823 km (4.240 mi) track be shortened and threatened to discontinue racing there, due to competition from other tracks such as the EuroSpeedway Lausitz and sites in Asia. The state government of Baden-Württemberg secured the financing for the redesign by Hermann Tilke for the 2002 German Grand Prix. The stadium section remained mostly intact, despite a new surface and a tighter Turn 1 ("Nordkurve"). However, the circuit was dramatically shortened, with the long, forested straights section chopped off in favour of more tight corners. In an extremely controversial move, the old forest section was torn up and replanted with trees, eliminating any chance of using the old course either for future F1 events or for historic car events.
The Hockenheim Circuit hosted the German Grand Prix for the first time in 1970 when the F1 drivers decided at the French Grand Prix to boycott the Nürburgring unless major changes were made. The next year the German Grand Prix went back to the Nürburgring until the 1976 German Grand Prix. From 1977 to 2006, the Hockenheimring hosted the German Grand Prix with the exception of 1985, when the race was held at the reconfigured Nürburgring.
Rubens Barrichello driving for Ferrari takes pole position during this lap on the old Hockenheim circuit
Kimi Raikkonen takes pole position during the 2005 Hockenheim Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton is six points behind Sebastian Vettel in the race for the title after beating the German in an epic Spanish Grand Prix.
Chase Carey will on Friday mark his 100th day in charge of Formula One after he replaced the long-serving Bernie Ecclestone at the helm of the sport.
Lewis Hamilton has fallen further behind Sebastian Vettel in the championship race after he finished a distant fourth at the Russian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton heads into the Russian Grand Prix trailing Sebastian Vettel by seven points following the Ferrari driver's victory last
Sebastian Vettel has taken sole control of the Formula One World Championship after his victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Formula One circus rolls on to Bahrain this week for the third round of the championship.
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