Apart from the Nürburgring, the Hockenheimring is the tradition-rich German racetrack that staged its first motor-sport events back in 1932. Since the DTM debut season, back in 1984, Hockenheim has been a constant on the DTM calendar, with the 1985 season representing the only exception. And since 1995, every single season was kicked off at the Southern German motor-racing venue. Since then, the circuit has been the indicator in terms of the success of the work the teams and drivers executed in the off-season and provides a first hint to the championship chances of the respective driver. Since the DTM revival in the year 2000, the Mercedes-Benz drivers more often than not defeated their rivals. 11 of the 19 season openers were won by drivers racing for the Stuttgart based manufacturer. The last Mercedes win to date was secured last year.
Within the framework of the ARD-Chartshow, Alvaro Soler will take part in the season opener of the DTM in Hockenheim. The 25-year-old with Spanish roots will perform hits from his current album "Eterno Agosto" on Sunday afternoon.
Alfa Romeo 155, the Audi V8 quattro, the BMW M3, the Ford Sierra Cosworth and the Mercedes 190 Evo 2 - these are the DTM classics of the eighties and nineties. In a large exhibition in the paddock, the racing cars can be admired.