Burning rubber and roaring engines: hundreds of thousands of motorsport fans flock to the Nürburgring or Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix, the annual race in Germany for the Formula 1 World Championship. The world's biggest motor racing event is huge among racing fans in Germany. Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel are regarded as national heroes, having won nine Formula 1 titles between them.
The history of the German Grand Prix is as long as it is glorious. It was held for the first time in 1926 – initially a race for sports cars on the AVUS track in Berlin – and then transferred to the newly built Nürburgring a year later. The first Formula 1 race in Germany took place in 1951. Since 1954 – with the exception of 1960 – every race has counted towards the World Championship. Until 1976 nearly every race was held on the legendary northern circuit of the Nürburgring racetrack – the only exceptions were in 1959 and 1970 when the honour fell to the AVUS track and Hockenheimring respectively. From 1977 to 1984 the race once again took place at Hockenheimring, and apart from only one return to the new Nürburgring track in 1985, they remained at Hockenheim until 2006. The German Grand Prix didn't take place in 2007, but the Nürburgring did host the European Grand Prix. In 2008 it was once again the turn of Hockenheimring, and since then it has been decided to include both racetracks on the programme on an alternating basis. Much to the delight of the fans. Both races are quite simply the highlight of the Formula 1 season.
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