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Featured 2014 Formula One German Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1 Race Comments' started by Bram, Jul 19, 2014.

Who will win the German GP?

Poll closed Jul 20, 2014.
  1. Rosberg

  2. Hamilton

  3. Ricciardo

  4. Alonso

  5. Bottas

  6. Vettel

  7. Hulkenberg

  8. Button

  9. Magnussen

  10. Massa

  11. Perez

  12. Raikkonen

  13. Other driver

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  1. Bram

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    Following an enthralling grand prix at Silverstone, the 2014 Formula One season this weekend reaches its midpoint, with round 10 of the championship – the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

    The Hockenheimring presents teams with a number of tricky challenges, especially in terms of this year’s new technology. While the long, power hungry, forest straights of the old circuit were consigned to history in 2002, the current layout, which see the cars reach over 280kph on three occasions in the opening section alone, continues to provide a stern test for powerplants. In F1’s last outing here in 2012 drivers were at full throttle for two-thirds of every lap, meaning that power units are likely to be severely tested here.

    Fuel consumption could also be a concern this year. Not only are cars at full throttle for long periods but the heavy braking needed for the hairpin and the twisty nature of the infield section mean that the circuit is a thirsty one. With drivers limited to 100kg of fuel for the race and a flow limit of 100kg/hour, clever race management could be crucial this weekend.

    That shouldn’t mean a lack of excitement, however. The track has two inviting overtaking points at the hairpin (Turn Six) and Turn Eight and with two DRS zones in place at the circuit for the first time, this year’s grand prix could prove to be action-packed.

    As the season reaches the halfway mark, the battle for the drivers’ title is delicately balanced. Lewis Hamilton’s win on home soil in Britain drew him to within four points of team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. The German will be hoping to emulate his team-mate’s Silverstone feat and re-establish a gap at the top of the standings with a home win for himself and Mercedes. Hamilton, buoyed by his fifth victory of the season will be doing everything in his power to claim that home Silver Arrows’ win for himself.


    Saturday July 19 2013
    Qualifying – 12:00 GMT (Full report here)

    Sunday July 20 2013
    Race – 12:00 GMT

    • This will be the 61st German Grand Prix of the Formula One Championship era.
    • It will be the 34th time the race has been run at Hockenheim. Two other circuits have hosted the grand prix. The Nürburgring has staged the race 26 times across a number of periods (1951-’54, 1956-’58, 1961-’69, 1971-’76, 1985 and in alternate years from 2009 onwards). The only other venue for the race was Berlin’s AVUS circuit, which hosted a single grand prix, in 1959. That race is unique in that the grand prix was run as two heats, with victory awarded on aggregate performance. It resulted in an all-Ferrari podium, with Briton Tony Brooks victorious ahead of Americans Dan Gurney and Phil Hill.
    • Hockenheim made its Formula One calendar debut on August 2, 1970. The race had been switched to the Baden-Württemberg circuit due to safety concerns about the Nürburging and was won by Jochen Rindt. It was his final F1 win before his tragic death, five weeks later, in practice for the Italian Grand Prix.
    • When Niki Lauda’s crash at the Nürburging brought to an end the Nordschleife’s time as a German Grand Prix venue, Hockenheim took over, hosting the race from 1977-1984 and then in an unbroken run from 1986 until 2006. No German GP was held in 2007 and when the race returned in 2008, Hockenheim staged the first race of an event-sharing agreement with the Nürburgring.
    • Michael Schumacher has the most German GP wins, all coming at Hockenheim (1995 for Benetton and in 2002, 2004 and 2006 for Ferrari). Five drivers have won this event three times: Juan Manuel Fangio, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna and Fernando Alonso.
    • Despite the race-sharing agreement of the past seven years, all three of Alonso’s German victories have come at the Hockenheimring. He took his first here with Renault in 2005 and won for Ferrari in 2010 and 2012.
    • Lewis Hamilton is the only other multiple winner in the current F1 driver line-up. He won here in 2008 and at the Nürburgring in 2011.
    • Only three German drivers have won their home grand prix. As mentioned, Michael Schumacher won four times. His brother Ralf took victory for Williams-BMW in 2001 and Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel won at home, at the sixth attempt, last year.
    • German drivers have, however, won a total of 148 F1 grands prix. Michael Schumacher’s 91 wins are complemented by wins for Wolfgang von Trips (2); Jochen Mass (1); Heinz-Harald Frentzen (3); Ralf Schumacher (6), Sebastian Vettel (39) and Nico Rosberg (6).
    • Since the debut of the redesigned circuit in 2002, Hockenheim has staged the race eight times. Five have been won from pole position. The 2006 and 2010 events were won from second and just one win has been scored from off the front row – Alonso, from third in 2005.
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  2. Easily one of my favourite tracks in the F1 2012 game! Can't wait to race round it again in 2014 with the new cars!
  3. My race prediction is Rosberg for pole and then Hamilton for race win. Hopefully Kimi has a really good race. :cool:
  4. Qazdar Karim

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    My bet is on Ric this weekend :D !
  5. Bram

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    My vote for Rosberg is hardcoded :)
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  6. The Red Bull seemed like it was closing in on the merc in practise so you never know. :thumbsup:
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  7. Rupe Wilson

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    Oooops thats blown it for Mercedes
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    Rosberg for the win :D
  9. Bah, there must be german gremlins in LHs car, sabotage gremlins, wish that Rosbergs car would fail at least as often!
  10. Well, nobody forced LH to switch brake-discs ;)
  11. Care to explain in more detail?
  12. As opposed to what, not using brakes at all, or totally worn brakes?
  13. There are two main companies that supply the F1 cars with brake-discs. he was using the same ones as Nico but just before Qualifying he decided to switch to the other brand. ;)

    Of course, this could've as well happened with the old ones, too.
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  14. I feel the same about Vettel in comparison with Ricciardo, but it goes like that. You will never have exact equal reliability between cars.
  15. Oh, interesting. Didn't know that. Which brands were they using on either car?
  16. On german TV they were talking to Toto Wolff (via the Mercedes pit-radio) about those brands but I can't for the love of me remember what they were called, sry :p
  17. Calum McLure

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    Did ye, aye?

    Brembo were the ones that failed, Carbon Industries is the other.

    Not heard that he swapped from one brand to the other, which I don't think makes sense, just that the brakes were changed before quali.
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  18. @Philip Heck, so the failure had nothing to do with the FRIC system then? I thought it was connected in some way since Rosberg struggled with the car at Q1 aswell.
  19. I can only tell you, what Toto told the german commentators ;)
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  20. No matter how much I wanted to answer the poll with Bottas, I had to predict Rosberg. But I will be ever hopeful for Bottas.
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