2014: German Grand Prix Preview

Following Lewis Hamilton’s triumphant victory on home soil, attention turns to Nico Rosberg as Formula One heads to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix. Rosberg suffered his first retirement of the season at the British Grand Prix as he was forced to stop with a gearbox problem. There was drama at the start of the race when Kimi Raikkonen ran wide and lost control of his car as he rejoined the track. He made heavy impact with a barrier – and collected Felipe Massa who was starting his 200th Grand Prix – which resulted in the race being red flagged for an hour as repairs took place. Joining Hamilton on the podium were Valtteri Bottas and Daniel Ricciardo.

Circuit: Hockenheimring
Number of Laps: 67
Circuit Length:4.574km
Number of Corners: 17
Lap Record: 1:13.780 Kimi Raikkonen (2004)
Previous German Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 3
Most Successful Team: Ferrari (22 wins)
DRS Zones: 2    
Pirelli Tyres: Supersoft and Soft

The German Grand Prix marks the halfway point in a season dominated by the Silver Arrows. Between them, Hamilton and Rosberg have won all bar one of the races with the other one won by Ricciardo. Hockenheim will provide pressure for the power units as drivers spend two-thirds of the lap at full throttle. Full throttle is paired with heavy braking for the hairpin and a tight and twisty infield section meaning that fuel consumption could prove to be key for teams this year.

Another point of contention for this race is the banning of the FRIC suspension. Sky Sports F1 have provided an explanation of the system on their website. Whether or not it will have a major impact on the pecking order remains to be seen.

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