RAVENOL Welcomes Formula One to the Hockenheimring
19 July 2018 | Ravenol Marketing
After a deserved break, our Formula One Technical Partners Force India are off to the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix.
Situated in the beautiful Baden-Württemberg village of Hockenheim, the circuit is another one of RAVENOL’s partners and hosts the giant RAVENOL can. No it’s not photoshopped – you can see a video of how it was made here. Unfortunately the can will be covered up for the Grand Prix but you can see it in its full glory any other time of the year.
Aside from it being German, the Hockenheimring is one of our favourite Formula One circuits because of the local hospitality, the great circuit food, and of course that hairpin. Like Jekyll and Hyde, the top half of the circuit leading into it is high speed straights and fast corners. After the hairpin the circuit takes on a different personality with short sections connection tight corners. This combination, added to the short 4.57 km length, makes Hockenheim difficult to drive around. But for those who can master it, the long DRS straight before the hairpin is a great place for overtaking.
Don’t take our word for it though – here’s Force India’s Drivers’ Eye to give us an insight into how Sergio “Checo” Perez and Esteban Ocon feel going into this weekend.
“I was happy to rescue a point last weekend in Silverstone after a big recovery,” Checo told them. “The main focus for Germany is to have a clean weekend because if we maximise our performance we can be at the front of the midfield. There is a long way to go [11 races] and lots to play for. We are finding a bit more performance with each race and I still believe we can target fourth place in the championship.”
“Hockenheim is a track that gives you good overtaking opportunities, especially on the approach to the hairpin. You arrive there so fast and it’s a very big braking zone so it’s always a good place to have a go. It’s probably one of the best circuits for creating exciting racing.”
His team made Esteban felt the team has a good chance this weekend:
“We have been finding performance as a team with strong results in the last few races and I want to have two good ones before the holidays,” he said. “I think the weekend can be a good one for us. The track should suit us because of the long straights and slow corners, so it’s a chance to score more points. I enjoy the circuit. It has good overtaking opportunities, especially the hairpin at the end of a long straight and the sharp left hander a bit later. The racing is usually quite close so hopefully we will have an entertaining race on Sunday.”