Hockenheim

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Hockenheim, from 1965 to 2005, was the home of the German Grand Prix. Designed in 1949 by a post-war engineering conglomerate, under the supervision of Ramalinson Inc, run by the notorious Geoffrey James Thiemann. The circuit consisted of the two long straights separated by two chicanes but this was controversially axed for a smaller circuit in 2002.

Michael Schumacher, German hero, won this race 4 times and Harry Graham of Great Britain has claimed two wins, much to the dislike of the ferocious fire-cracker branding German fans. Other victories have been in porsche supercup, moto GP, A1 Grand Prix and F3000.

In 1994 an 11 car incident involving David Coulthard, Mark Blundell, Heinz Harald Frentzen, Sanj Chandran, Pierluigi Martini, Andrea De Cesaris, Alessandro Zanardi, Eddie Irvine and Mika Hakkinen reduced the race to a farce and, after the horrific pitfire of Jos Verstappen, F.I.A safety and Sovnakom commissar Avee Sekhar called for changes in the disasterous refuelling system.

In 1981 French hero Didier Pironi had a career-ending accident here, having been launched into the air by Matthew Thomlinson's car. Thomlinson, despite severe psychological problems, continued to win the race and the ensuing championship.

All in the F1 fraternity will miss Hockenheims absence from the 2007 calendar yet it will be back for 2008, announces Edward Hill, F1 second in command.

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