2016 Track Preview; German Grand Prix, Hockenheim

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Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg in second place and Daniel Ricciardo in third place. Ferrari, Williams, Force India and McLaren all managed to pick up some much needed points from the event.

Heading into the race this weekend, it was announced that former Ferrari Technical Director James Allison has left the team with immediate effect. To read more about this, then please read my article here:- https://jonesonf1.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/james-allison-leaves-ferrari-with-immediate-effect/.

The Hockenheimring circuit is located in Hockenheim 20 kilometers from Heidelberg, hosted the Formula One German Grand Prix for the first time in 1970. The originally circuit built in 1932 used roads in the forest and it was almost eight kilometers long and only for motorcycle racing. In 1936 the circuit was expanded to be used as a test track for cars. It was last rebuilt in 2002 and the new track guarantees exciting races and plenty of overtaking opportunities.

The Herman Tilke-designed track is almost completely flat and has long straights followed by slow corners and hairpins. Top-speed and good torque is vital and the circuit is one of the hardest on brakes. The circuit is 4.574 km long and features 17 corners and 6 straights. The minimum track width is 15 meters and the direction is clockwise. The circuit has a capacity of 120,000 spectators, most of them located in the grandstands surrounding the Motodrom stadium section. One of the grandstands are sponsored by Mercedes-Benz.

Do you want to stay at a hotel really close to the circuit? The hotel Motodrom is actually integrated into the main stand of the Hockenheimring, directly on the start/finishing straight. From the restaurant you can get an unique view over the racetrack.

In 2006 Bernie Ecclestone announced that there would only be one Formula One race in Germany per year from 2007, alternating between Nurburgring and Hockenheimring. The organizers have an agreement to host the race at Hockenheim until 2018. In 2015, for the first time since 1960, there was no German Grand Prix as Nurburgring opted out due to financial problems.

Here are the facts and figures going into the weekend…

Facts and Figures

  • Germany has hosted the Grand Prix since 1926, even though the first Formula One race in Hockenheim was in 1970 and now alternates every year with the Nurburgring.
  • Michael Schumacher is the most successful driver to win the Grand Prix with four wins.
  • Fernando Alonso are the most successful driver currently to win the Grand Prix with three wins.
  • Ferrari is the most successful constructors to win the Grand Prix with twenty two wins.
  • Race distance: 306.442 km (190.414 miles)
  • Number of turns:16
  • Top speed: 300kph
  • Lap record: Kimi Raikkonen- McLaren (2004)- 1.13.708

Last five winners of the German Grand Prix

  • 2010-Fernando Alonso
  • 2011-Lewis Hamilton
  • 2012-Fernando Alonso
  • 2013- Sebastian Vettel
  • 2014- Nico Rosberg

My top five finishers of the German Grand Prix:-

In no particular order, here’s my top five predictions for the German Grand Prix as follows:-

  1. Nico Rosberg
  2. Lewis Hamilton
  3. Sebastian Vettel
  4. Kimi Raikkonen
  5. Valtteri Bottas

Based on what the top five drivers have managed to achieve in the first eleven Grand Prixs, I believe that Rosberg has to beat Hamilton this weekend again in order to show that he cannot be discounted for challenging Hamilton for the title after losing the lead in Hungary last weekend

Hamilton will also want to win this weekend at a track that has been kind to him over the years in front of his fans who will be attending this weekend and also maintain the small championship gap over to Sebastian Vettel who I believe could challenge the Mercedes pairing this year; provided that Ferrari keep going in the same direction they are currently. And finally, I believe that Raikkonen and Bottas could both have solid weekends provided that they are able to get the right set ups on their cars over the weekend.

Do you agree with my predictions for this weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Sky Sports F1 are showing uninterrupted coverage of every Practice session, Qualifying and race for the Grand Prix (and every race of the season) and Channel 4 also are showing coverage, details for both are below:-

  • Sky Sports F1:- Friday (Practice 1 and 2) 8.45am and 12.45pm [Replays throughout Thursday and Friday], Saturday (Practice 3 and Qualifying) 9.45am and 12.00pm [Replays throughout Saturday], Sunday (Race) 11.30am
  • Channel 4- Saturday (Qualifying highlights) 5.45pm, Sunday (Race Highlights) 6.00pm

2 thoughts on “2016 Track Preview; German Grand Prix, Hockenheim

  1. James Holt

    Do you think mercedes will struggle with brake overheating like Rosberg did in austria, as you mentioned in your article that this track is particularly hard on the brakes?


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