Head over to the Nurburgring these days and you'll find the track loaded with all sorts of machines that have nothing to do with lapping a circuit. No, truck drivers and heavy machinery operators haven't gone mad, nor are they protesting. Instead, these behemoths have taken over the Green Hell in order to work on the track's updates for 2019.
The Ring closed its gates for the 2018 season last weekend, not before hosting a rally that saw contenders running the course backward.
And the construction workers are currently doing their best to update the circuit, with the officials having delivered a few photos of the process via social media.
The asphalt surface is getting replaced - you see, those who have no idea what goes on during a Nurburgring lap might just consider it a two-dimentional experience. However, one of the greatest challenges that comes from completing the course is delivered by all the elevation changes and the bumps.
We are being told that the main sections that receive attention are Flugplatz / Schwedenkreuz, Kallenhard, Wehrseifen, Ex-Mühle and Hohe Acht. And with these being some of the most challenging corners out there, we're extremely curious to find out the details.
Such work is never simple. For instance, when resculting the track for 2018, the specialists initially decided to eliminate the massive gravel trap on the Brunnchen 2 exit, but they came back and installed after all (keep in mind that the trap prevents tons of crashes every year).
Of course, the track itself is just a piece of the puzzle. For instance, we're hoping for the management to come up with a more efficient warning system, as, for instance, fluid spills remain one of the major accident sources at the famous German circuit.
Sure, the management has enforced multiple passive safety measures, a,s for instance, 2018 welcomed a campaign reminding everybody that timing one's lap during tourist drives is forbidden. Of course, as is the case with drifting, such warnings are not always obeyed. After all, the line between keeping the hooning safe and affecting the fun factor that brings everybody there is extremely fine.