As we approach the final third of the 2006 Formula One World Championship, the circus visits Germany for the second time this season, with Hockenheim again playing host to the German Grand Prix.
Juan Manuel Fangio finished 2nd in a Alfa Romeo 159 in the 1951 German Grand Prix © Rodolfo Mailander/Ludvigsen Library
Surprisingly, Germany did not feature in the inaugural championship of 1950, although it was included in the calendar 12 months later. It was the first of 22 races to be held on the fearsome 14-mile Nurburgring Nordschleife, the second-longest track ever used in championship history (behind Pescara, used only in 1957).
Alberto Ascari was the winner in '51, taking both his maiden win and maiden pole position. He repeated the victory in 1952 as part of a Ferrari 1-2-3-4, and that win is unique in F1 history as the only race won by a car with a three-figure race number. Ascari's Ferrari carried the number 101 that afternoon.
The 1953 event featured 33 starters, the most ever for an F1 championship race - although it was actually at a time when the championship was ran to F2 regulations. F2 was regularly used to swell the field at the Nordschleife, as the long lap length meant backmarkers were not much of a problem.