The best laps of the Nürburgring
Now that the future of the ‘Green Hell’ is secure, time to watch some hot laps
Posted: 13 Mar 2014
Nick Heidfeld in the BMW Sauber F1.06
As part of a publicity day, BMW sent out Heidfeld in 2007 in one of their Formula One cars. Heidfeld did three laps, and managed a best time of 8m 34s. Which... isn't very quick. This is because there are some provisos.
Apparently Heidfeld slowed down to pose for a video truck. The car was wearing harder tyres, and the top speed was limited. On top of that, Heidfeld ran the VLN race length, so comparison is difficult.
But, according to the Gospel of the Internet, BMW engineers had estimated a comparable lap time of 5m 15.8s.