This time it is the drag strip at the Hockenheim circuit in Germany. If you've ever watched Formula One from Hockenheim you've seen the drag strip off to the side. In this way it is like a German version of Sears Point.
"The Nitrolympx at Hockenheimring in Germany is one of the jewels in the European season, but this year after just one day it's already proving to be something of a low point, European correspondent Ivan Sansom reports.
During the Formula 1 Grand Prix three weeks ago, someone made the intelligent call to scrub and power wash/sandblast the dragstrip which runs parallel to the circuit, the result of which has been to remove a significant amount of tar (rubber) and leave the track in an awful state (and this is being generous). You can take your pick of the rumored reasons for the extreme clean from the following:
1) the FIA were unhappy that F1 drivers were leaving the circuit to gain an advantage by running on the rubbered dragstrip
2) the FIA were unhappy that any glue left on the dragstrip would create a danger for F1 drivers if it rained and they ran wide
3) Bernie Ecclestone thought the black stripes on the dragstrip looked unsightly on the television coverage"