The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is considered by many as one of the four historic race tracks on the Formula 1 calendar along with Monaco, Silverstone and Monza. It is a real challenge to a driver's ability, making it one of the firm favourite amongst spectators.
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A well organised event, excellent view from most seats, clean facilities, plenty of food, drink and merchandise stalls, a relatively easy access, friendly and efficient staff… The F1 round at Hockenheim is exactly the type of grand prix you would expect the Germans to deliver.
The atmosphere and support for teams and drivers is very balanced despite the amount of German drivers in the field, which is great stuff for the impartial follower of the sport.
The circuit itself has also become a lot more spectator friendly than in its previous incarnation. Long gone are the overtaking manoeuvres happening at the chicanes in the middle of the forest where no one would be there to witness them. TV viewers and drivers alike probably bemoan the circuit changes, however, spectators see the leading car 67 times rather than 45 times before the 2002 event.
It might lack a bit of charm, but all in all, the Hockenheimring is probably one of the best purpose-built circuits to attend a Formula 1 weekend in Europe.
View from Nordtribüne (Image: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team)