The circuit organisers at Hockenheim sent out an engineers report on the plans for new developments at the German track today, which they propose to push through in time for next year's event.
The changes will see a significant reduction in the size of the circuit from the current 6.815km to 4.489km, but the organisers believe place will retain its high-speed characteristics. They have estimated that a Grand Prix car will be able to lap the new circuit in a time of 1:21.360.
The plans show the stadium section will remain, but after the first corner and some time before reaching the current first chicane, the cars will turn sharp right and head up along a long curve which ends in a sharp hairpin which brings the cars back onto the current track for a long run back into the stadium section. And the new track, with 16 corners, will present two more overtaking opportunities for a modern Formula One car.
However, the plans are expected to take nine months to complete and unless the planning permission is secured soon enough it could be 2003 before the changes are made.