Non-executive chairman Niki Lauda can look back at the German Grand Prix with very mixed feelings.
Back in 1975, he became the first man to lap the formidable 14-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife sub seven minutes. Niki, in fact, had done it the year before in a test - but when he took pole for the 1975 German GP in 6m58.6s, this was the first officially timed lap under the magic mark.
He was the only one, too. Second place man Carlos Pace was 1.4s slower in his Brabham and Ferrari team mate Clay Regazzoni was fully 3s slower than Niki.
Such a long circuit, dubbed 'the green hell' by multiple race-winner Sir Jackie Stewart, with its 1,000ft of elevation change in the Eifel mountains, was impossible to cover adequately with marshals and rescue services, had little or no run-off area, was narrow and bumpy.
It had already missed one year in 1970 while modifications were made, which brought Hockenheim onto the F1 calendar for the first time.
By '76 Niki had taken over Stewart's F1 safety mantle to a large extent and, feeling that Nürburgring's standards were now unacceptable, tried to organise a driver boycott. He was voted down by just one vote and the race went ahead.
Niki was badly burned and his life hung in the balance after a second lap accident. The fact that it was his fellow drivers rather than rescue crews who freed Niki from his burning car, rather proved his point... It was the last German GP held on the Nordschleife.
Before it happened, callous spectators with short-term memories after Niki's '75 pole lap, had called into question his commitment and bravery. Niki, ever the pragmatist, said that had nothing to do with it, it was merely the practicalities.
He had the perfect answer for them when he turned up at Hockenheim the following year and won the German GP - his second of three wins that year on the way to his second world title.