The German Grand Prix has been held almost every year since 1926.
For one of the older Grand Prix's it has a surprisingly stable background and and has only been held at three different venues throughout its history - the Nürburgring in Rhineland-Palatinate, Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg and, on a few occasions, at AVUS near Berlin. The race has always been known as the German Grand Prix, even when it was held in West Germany.
Because West Germany was forbidden from taking part in any international events after World War II, the German Grand Prix did not become part of the Formula One World Championship until 1951. It was named the 'European Grand Prix', an honorary designation given each year to one Grand Prix race in Europe, four times between 1954 and 1974. Today, the race alternates each year between the Nürburgring and Hockenheimring.
The circuit consists of 60 laps at 5.148km per lap making the race 308.623km in total. Michael Schumacher currently holds the lap record of 1:29.468 which he accomplished in 2004.
Today, the race alternates each year between the Nürburgring and Hockenheimring.
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