Simple question, difficult answer: the combination of Nordschleife and Grand Prix track offers several sections that will set a driver’s heartbeat racing. At the forefront are the following sections, which have already left many over-ambitious competitors bitterly punished.
Schwedenkreuz: Drivers enter at high speed from a slight left turn, then braking hard down to a medium right turn. With many bumps and faults, it is extremely dangerous in variable weather conditions.
Exit Fuchsröhre: This is a very fast corner. From a dip it goes onwards into a slight left bend, which lies directly at the top of a crest. If you steer too hard at the wrong moment, you’ll quickly have to contend with an extremely light tail.
Adenauer Forst: A comparatively slow section, but the track turns suddenly, almost surprisingly, hard to the left, and immediately afterwards changes to a 90-degree right again. Anyone who is surprised by bad grip conditions here will at best drive straight across the green triangle between the two corners. In worse cases, the crash barriers almost directly adjacent to the track are waiting to greet you.
Brünnchen: The sticking point here is the medium-fast right. At first it looks as if it's on a slightly incline. But towards the exit of the curve, it falls off to the outside and "closes" a little. If you allow yourself to drift too far out, or accelerate too early, you’ll end up in a small but deep (and highly frequented) gravel trap – or in the crash barriers if that isn’t enough to stop you.
Caracciola Karussel: The carousel is legendary – a type of corner with elevation this uneven cannot be experienced anywhere else. Here man and machine are not only shaken vigorously: anyone who misjudges the speed at the entrance to the corner will be literally ejected as a result of the enormous centrifugal forces and quickly find themselves in the crash barriers above the road.
Schwalbenschwanz: From a fast right bend and a fluid left, drivers go straight into another left bend, which is not quite as fluid. The uneven concrete surface is particularly treacherous, which has given this section of the track the nickname "small carousel".