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Here and there - Daniel's blog Nov 22, 2013
The final race of the year and Daniel Ricciardo finds himself a spectator as his replacement Daniil Kvyatt tackles P1.
Signing off - Daniel's blog Nov 22, 2013
Daniel Ricciardo finished his Toro Rosso career with a hard-fought point at Interlagos.
Yeehaw! - Daniel's blog Nov 16, 2013
With most of the F1 paddock going to downtown Austin, Daniel Ricciardo made tracks for the peace and quiet of a private ranch.
You can’t take it back - Daniel's blog Nov 4, 2013
Having qualified in the top 10, Daniel Ricciardo’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix went backwards, missing out on points after a poor start.
Shouldering the weight | JEV's blog Nov 1, 2013
After an amazing weekend at the Indian Grand Prix, Jean-Eric Vergne and Toro are hoping to regain the momentum they had in the first half of the season.
- Hockenheim, Germany
- JUL 20, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- JUL 22, 2012 at 11:59 PM
After much uncertainty the German Grand Prix breathed a huge sigh of relief in 2009 when its Hockenheim future was finally secured. A financial rescue package is now in place where Formula One Administration and race organisers have agreed to share the liabilities of the event, and in addition the Nurburgring and Hockenheim will continue with their cost-cutting race-share agreement taking turns alternating the event each year.
This year's event takes place at Hockenheimring, which was originally built in 1932 using roads in the forest. Several fatal accidents over the years have resulted in additional chicanes and a slowing of the circuit.
Numerous problems came to light during the 2000 German Grand Prix, when Rubens Barrichello won after starting 18th on the grid. All the overtaking took place during the race's forest section, meaning hardly any spectators saw the best action. French driver Jean Alesi had a massive accident at the 3rd chicane after a collision in the braking zone, and a recently sacked Mercedes employee breached the track on the first main straight, highlighting vulnerable security facilities in the forest. These events clearly showed the track was no longer suited to modern Formula One racing. F1 officials threatened to discontinue use of the track unless major improvements were made, and in the early part of the new century that's exactly what happened. The stadium section remained mostly intact, despite a new surface and a tighter Turn 1. However, the circuit was dramatically shortened, with the long, forest straights chopped off in favour of more tight corners. In an extremely controversial move, the old forest section was torn up and replanted with trees.