Best Grandstands at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
The Mercedes grandstand is situated at turn 8 and as well as close up views of this corner and the following acceleration zone, the grandstand boasts impressive views of the track all the way from the back straight leading into the hairpin right up to where the cars disappear from view around turn 9. As always views from the upper part of the stand have a lot more to offer.
Clear views of multiple corners and a giant screen directly opposite means that this is a grandstand that won’t disappoint. Really all it lacks is the atmosphere of the iconic stadium section.
South Grandstand (Sudtribune)
The South grandstand starts at turn 15 and curves around the Sudkurve, up the main straight to meet the Main grandstand. Similar to the Inner grandstand, views encompass the entire final section of the circuit as well as the start / finish straight.
The stand is divided into 3 main sections each of which are further divided according to the height in the grandstand.
A and B make up the first part of the stand close to turn 15; D and C in the central part of the stand clings to the Sudkurve and E,F,G and H continue from here and up the main straight.
Generally the lowest rows of the South grandstand are orange, uppermost rows are blue and the mid level rows of stands are red. The D,C section, has one extra level, known by its German name of ‘oberrang’, meaning upper ranking. The color coding of the D,C stand goes – from lower to higher – red, blue, purple, yellow. Therefore the red level in this section is at the same height as the orange in the other stands and the blue is the same height as the red. Still with me?
If your budget can make it work it’s worth it to get at least a mid level seat in this grandstand. Mid level seats are easily high enough to see a clear view of the track without the catch-fencing being an issue. The choice is yours then whether you prefer to be lower and closer to the track and the cars or get some elevation and have a better view of the more distant corners of the stadium section of a whole, and the starting grid.
Inner Grandstand (Innentribune)
Another large grandstand in the stadium section at Hockenheim, the Inner grandstand more or less faces opposite the South grandstand and so offers a view of the same section of track from the other side. It begins at the exit to turn 11 (section A) and clings to the short straight which follows (section B) and ends at the tight Sachs curve (section C).
Which section you choose will come down to a choice between being close to the Sachs curve for a more engaging view directly in front of you, or A or B which have better views of the more distant turns 13 and 14. Whichever section you’re in, as always, seats on the upper levels (orange) fair better.
North Grandstand (Nordtribune)
The North grandstand is one long grandstand that wraps its way around turn 1. Along its length its divided into subsections A, B and C, and vertically into blue (upper rows), red (mid level) and orange (lowest level).
Seats in the mid or upper sections of the stand fair better and section B, with it’s proximity to the apex of turn 1 and close enough for a distant view of the starting grid wins my vote for the best seats in this grandstand.
The North Grandstand offers the best vantage point for fans wanting to get a view of the start, and turn 1 lap 1 is always exciting to watch. Being a single corner view though there are better views available at the Hockenheimring.