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Thu, 21 July, 2011Germany: Nurburgring tech file

  • Atmosphere. 2009 German Grand Prix, Rd 9, Qualifying day. Nurburg, Germany. Saturday 11 July 2009. © Red Bull/Getty.
  • Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Force India-Mercedes VJM02. 2009 German Grand Prix, Rd 9, Qualifying day. Nurburg, Germany. Saturday 11 July 2009. © Force India.
  • Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF109. 2009 German Grand Prix, Rd 9, Practice day. Nurburg, Germany. Friday 10 July 2009. © Bridgestone.
  • The Nurburg castle overlooking the track. 2009 German Grand Prix, Rd 9, Preparations. Nurburg, Germany. Thursday 9 July 2009. © Brawn GP.
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It's been two years since F1 has visited the Nurburgring nestled in the Eifel mountains, with Hockenheim having played host to last year's German Grand Prix. With a mix of high-speed, sweeping turns and low-speed hairpins and chicanes, the Nurburgring offers the usual challenges of a Grand Prix track, with the lack of straights pushing the emphasis towards high levels of downforce.

An interactive track map of the Nurburgring can be found here.

Engine/speed
Full throttle: 60%
Longest full throttle: 10.7 s
Average speed: 202 km/h
Top speed: 306 km/h
Minimum speed: 80 km/h (Turn 1)
Average corner speed: 123 km/h
Lap record: 1m29.468s (Michael Schumacher, 2004)
Unofficial lap record: 1m27.691s (Takuma Sato, Q1, Pre-qualifying)

Braking
Number of braking zones: 9
Hardest braking zones: Turn 1 (1,950 kW, 4.81 g)
Time spent under braking: 14%
Braking severity: Medium

Other
Downforce level: High
Cooling requirement: Low
Gear changes per lap: 57
Fuel consumption: 2.6 kg/lap
Fuel laptime penalty: 0.3 s/10 kg (approx 0.08 s/lap)

Track characteristics
Length of straights: 2950 m
Longest straight: 928 m
Pitlane loss: 18 s
Pitlane length: 377 m
Altitude: 610 m above sea level
Distance to first corner: 500 m

Tyres
Option: Soft (Yellow)
Prime: Medium (White)
Tyre energy: Low

Data courtesy of Brembo, Mercedes GP and Williams.

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