Hockenheim modifies track to prevent corner-cutting
19 July 2012 – Changes have been made to Hockenheim in order to deter drivers from running wide and gaining an advantage at Turn 1. This comes after Felipe Massa stormed into the lead of the last race in 2010, but only doing so by using the run-off area.
In previous years, drivers often ran wide – particularly on the opening lap – and gained positions by using the run-off zone, rejoining the actual track as the artificial grass strip ended. For 2012, this three-metre wide strip has been extended to ensure that, should a driver run wide at Turn 1, he will have to cross it and lose time as he rejoins.
Hockenheim is currently hosting the German Grand Prix on a biennial deal, alternating with the Nürburgring which on Wednesday announced that it is bankrupt. The latter is expected to receive a financial boost from Bernie Ecclestone, CEO of the F1 Group.