Latest articles by Erik Kirschbaum
Michael and Ralf Schumacher, along with other German sports idols who moved abroad to escape the country's high tax rates, were long immune to criticism because their contribution to Germany's renown around the world was seen as outweighing the fiscal loss.
Michael Schumacher packed his bags and left his grimy, working-class hometown for glamorous tax exile 10 years ago but that has not stopped Kerpen from turning itself into a shrine to the German champion.
Security has been tightened for Sunday's German Grand Prix to prevent spectators from slipping onto the Hockenheim circuit - as happened there in 2000 and at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.
It's called the European Grand Prix even though it's a race held in a German forest before mostly German fans eating German sausage and drinking German beer.
Michael Schumacher's controversial Austrian Grand Prix win last month was a flagrant violation of the spirit of Formula One and Ferrari should be punished, fans said on Sunday.