The accident that the Austrian suffered Niki Lauda at German Grand Prix 1976 ended the races of the F1 in the legendary northern variant of Nurburgring. So it was that in 1977, Hockenheim it took over and became the new headquarters for the German GPs from then on. Despite the fact that the race had taken hold in the new setting, those responsible for the circuit located in the region of Eifel they had set out to do whatever it took to get the Maximum back.
With a lot of sweat, effort and money, in 1981 they began the works to create a route of just over 4,5 kilometers - much less than the 22 km of the Nordschleife - on the immense site near Nurburg Castle. It was baptized as "Grand Prix Strecke”Or“ Grand Prix Track ”and it was inaugurated on May 12 1984 with a unique competition between pilots who were racing at that time in the F.1 and other stars who had passed through the category.
The idea was not only to officially release the track, which in October was going to return to the calendar as the venue for the European GP, but also to promote the “racing spirit” of the Mercedes 190E. This model, which had been presented two years earlier, had a 2.3-liter engine developed by Cosworth what was dispensing 186 horsepower.
The list of participants was headed by Lauda himself, the Australian Alan Jones, the French Alain Prostthe finnish Keke rosberg, English John Watson and Italian Elio De Angelis. They were joined by other runners who were no longer active, such as the Australian Jack Brabham, Englishmen Stirling Moss, James Hunt y John Surtees, the South African Jody scheckter, the American Phil Hill, the New Zealander Denis Hulme and the Argentine Carlos Reutemann.
The Brazilian missed the appointment Emerson Fittipaldi and American Mario Andretti, who were preparing to run the 500 Miles Indianapolis. Emmo's place was taken by a compatriot of his who had made his debut that same year in F.1 with a certain success: a young man named Ayrton Senna, who came to the circuit in the company of Prost ...
“The Mercedes people asked me if I could wait for Ayrton at the airport. There was a difference between our flights of between 10 to 15 minutes and since he had a car I waited for him to take him to the Nürburgring. It was the first time we spoke, it was a long journey, so we had a lot of time to talk "said the Frenchman about that first meeting.
For those things of destiny, Prost and Senna were the great protagonists from the competition. The experienced driver secured pole position; while the young talent settled in third place on the grid behind Reutemann.
In the race, the French and the Brazilian met face to face. Senna started better and snatched the first place from Prost, who later assured that his opponent was ahead in the game. The fight ended in one touch and with the French behind in the peloton (Does that remind you of anything?) This dispute occurred just a few weeks before both battled for victory in the rainy Monaco GP in which it was the first of the many battles they later staged in F.1.
Senna had no trouble winning the test, which was 12 laps. He was accompanied on the podium by Lauda, who arrived just over a second behind the winner; and Reutemann, who finished three seconds behind and had the chance to show that his qualities were still intact despite retiring from F.1 in 1982.
For Lole, who went down in history as the last complete GP winner at the old Nürbugring by winning the 1975 edition, it was a bit of a return to her roots as she returned to driving a Touring car in great shape as she had done. in his early years in Argentina.