The Sachsenring circuit was opened in 1927. It consists of 14 turns; 10 left corners and 4 right corners, with the longest straight measuring 0.78km. It is one of the shortest circuits in the World Championship. The circuit is a demanding one as there are numerous uphill and downhill stretches with a gradient of up to twelve percent. The circuit was originally a street circuit however it was modified to the present day circuit in 1996.