In 1982, Hermann Tilke graduated from FH Aachen with a Diplom degree in civil engineering. It was here that he learnt the basics of road construction, which, besides his career as a racing driver, contributed to the success of his own company.
Today, he manages the Tilke GmbH & Co. KG, a planning and construction company that operates globally. The main focus: race and test tracks for the automotive industry, but also infrastructure and building construction.
"When planning, it's important to be sensitive to local conditions."
Nowadays, the Aachen office is a global leader: 21 Formula 1 race tracks have been planned and built by Tilke - and, in addition, 70 other race tracks.
"We have to finish on time and we're always short on time. It's a fast-paced business."