What a crazy, nerve-racking race weekend! Changing weather conditions, exuberant fans and a race that could not have been more dramatic: These are the ingredients that made the Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix of Germany 2019 the season highlight. Around 61,000 fans experienced a roller coaster of emotions on Sunday. Despite a poor starting position on grid position 20, Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was able to secure second place on the podium in a jubilant Motodrom in a spectacular race. The winner of the turbulent rain race was Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing), who celebrated almost 10,000 Dutch fans frenetically. There was also reason to celebrate with Toro Rosso: Daniil Kvyat with an outstanding performance, he completed the podium in third place.
But not only the program on the track enthused the fans on the race weekend, but also the many modules around the motorsport in the F1® fan zone were extensively used despite partially over 40 degrees of summer heat. In addition, the exhibition “Bond in Motion”, the activities around the Formula 1 stage, the fun park with Ferris wheel and the large beer garden with numerous food trucks were very well received by the fans. Highlights apart from the racing were the autograph sessions with the Formula 1 drivers and the emotionally moving and applauded demonstration laps of Mick Schumacher in Ferrari F2004 his father Michael, with whom he had won his seventh World Cup 15 years ago.
For Hockenheimring CEO Georg Seiler, who is retiring in just a few weeks’ time after 40 years, it was a perfect Grand Prix: “It was a great, for me, unforgettable Formula 1 weekend. It could not have been better. After such a success it simply cannot be the end for Hockenheim as a Formula 1 venue! ”
Jorn Teske, Head of Marketing at Hockenheim-Ring GmbH, adds: “It was another legendary, almost epic Formula 1 weekend that could only take place here at the Hockenheimring in this drama – a thrilling race with an incomparable atmosphere and the best entertainment on and off the track! Many thanks to all who made it so possible and explicitly again to Mercedes-Benz, without whose support as title sponsor the race might not have taken place. ”
Like his colleague Teske, with whom he takes over the management of Hockenheim-Ring GmbH from 1 September, Jochen Nerpel, Head of Technology and Operations, praises: “An unforgettable and exciting Formula 1 race. I hope this weekend gets the ball rolling for the future of the Germany Grand Prix! ”
From Thursday to Sunday, around 153,000 spectators visited the German Formula 1 GP at the Hockenheimring.