Following the Hungarian Grand Prix, the German Grand Prix is the last race before the summer break. Lewis Hamilton leads the championship by six points following his win last time out, but a win for Nico Rosberg on home soil would see him move back to the top of the table.
The Hungarian Grand Prix was a somewhat uneventful race but it did have some close battles, particularly between Red Bull and Ferrari. In their fight for second in the constructors championship Ferrari have the edge – but only just. Just one point separates the two teams so it is finely poised.
In Hungary it was Daniel Ricciardo who joined the Mercedes duo on the podium but Sebastian Vettel had a late charge and could have taken it. Similarly, Kimi Raikkonen closed in on fifth placed Max Verstappen but was unable to find a way pass. Raikkonen was voted Driver of the Day for his charge through from 14th.
Number of Laps: 67
Number of Corners: 17
Lap Record: 1:13.780 Kimi Raikkonen (2004)
Previous German Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 4
Most Successful Team: Ferrari (22 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Supersoft, Soft and Medium
The German Grand Prix was last held in 2014 – at the Hockenheimring – having been cancelled last year. That race was one by Rosberg and he will undoubtedly be looking to repeat that feat this year.
The track features a mix of fast long straights as well as technical corners. Due to the nature of the circuit there are some heavy braking zones into medium to low speed corners. Drivers will change gear approximately 49 times per lap and will reach a top speed of 350kmh. The Hockenheimring is also considered a power circuit.
Pirelli have brought the same tyre compounds as were used in Hungary – the Supersoft, Soft and Mediums.
The Hungarian Grand Prix has been on the Formula One calendar since 1986, with the circuit having been purpose built for the sport.
Lewis Hamilton goes into the weekend having won his home race at Silverstone where he reduced the championship gap to just a point. Nico Rosberg has led from the start of the season but the momentum is currently with Hamilton. The three leading teams at the minute – Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull – have all won at the circuit at the Hungaroring in the past.
Number of Laps: 70
Number of Corners: 14
Lap Record: 1:19.071 Michael Schumacher (2004)
Previous Hungarian Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 6
Most Successful Team: McLaren (11 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Medium, Soft and Supersoft
The circuit has been resurfaced for the 2016 event and Pirelli have brought the Medium, Soft and Supersoft compound tyres. Thermal degradation can be an issue due to the high temperatures normally experienced. The Hungaroring requires an emphasis on mechanical grip with a number of low speed corners. It has a low average speed while brake wear is medium.
It is often compared to Monaco due to being a tight and twisty track, although obviously there is a lot more run off. This means that drivers normally place a lot of emphasis on qualifying as track position can be key.
The championship is finely poised at the top with just a point separating Hamilton and Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen is third, six points ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel just eight points ahead of Max Verstappen. Last year saw the Mercedes duo suffer a number of misfortunes allowing Vettel to win. He had been leading a Ferrari 1-2 before Raikkonen unfortunately retired. Daniil Kvyat and Ricciardo were second and third respectively. Ricciardo has previously won the race in 2014.
A number of drivers in Formula One history took their first wins in the sport at the Hungaroring including Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. Following Button’s highs in Austria, the team were disappointed to finish 12th and 13th in tricky conditions at Silverstone. They scored their best results of the season last year in Hungary so will no doubt be trying to repeat their form this year.
Both Williams drivers finished outside the points at the British Grand Prix while both Force India drivers finished in the points. There are 19 points between the two teams and Force India are aiming to close the gap and claim fourth in the constructors championship. Ferrari are just six points ahead of Red Bull while Mercedes are well clear at the top.
Kimi Raikkonen will drive for Ferrari next season it has been confirmed.
There had been much speculation over the Finnish driver’s future, with drivers such as Sergio Perez, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean being linked to his seat. The team has put an end to all the rumours by confirming that Raikkonen will race for the team for a seventh season.
They released the following short statement:
Scuderia Ferrari announces that it has renewed its technical and racing agreement with Kimi Raikkonen. The driver line-up for the 2017 racing season will still consist of the Finnish driver and Sebastian Vettel.
Raikkonen first joined Ferrari in 2007 and we went on to win his first – and only – World Championship. He left the team, and F1, at the end of the 2009 season before returning to the sport in 2012.He returned to Ferrari in 2014 and he has raced with the Scuderia ever since.
During his time at Ferrari he has won nine races, stood on the podium 33 times, and started from pole position five times. This weekend’s British Grand Prix will be his 100th with the team.
Formula One returns to its home this weekend with the British Grand Prix. Seven of the 11 teams on the grid are based in the UK so it is a big event on the Formula One calendar. Silverstone hosted the first ever World Championship F1 race way back in 1950 and it has been the permanent home of the British Grand Prix since 1987.
Last time out Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix following a last lap incident with his team-mate Nico Rosberg. It wasn’t the first time this season the two have come together and with such a quick turnaround there could be fireworks this weekend. Hamilton was joined on the podium by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.
Rosberg still leads the championship although now just by 11 points.
Number of Laps: 52
Circuit Length: 5.891km
Number of Corners: 18
Lap Record: 1:33.401 Mark Webber (2013)
Previous British Grand Prix winners still on the grid: 5
Most Successful Team: Ferrari (15 wins)
DRS Zones: 2
Pirelli Tyres: Soft, Medium and Hard
For a lap around Silverstone drivers spend 66% of it at full throttle. It is one of the fastest circuits on the calendar and features fast flowing sections. For the mixture of high and low speed corners, Silverstone requires medium to high downforce.
The soft, medium and hard compound tyres have been brought to this race by Pirelli and circuit offers high levels of grip. Due to high levels of degradation Pirelli are expecting at least two pit stops per driver during the race.
Last year’s race was won by Hamilton after he switched to intermediate tyres at just the right time. Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel were also on the podium. Hamilton will be going for a hat-trick of victories having won the British Grand Prix in 2015 and 2016. As always, the weather could play a role during the race as it can range from sunshine to rain very quickly.
In Austria there were notable drives from a number of drivers. Verstappen got his second ever Formula One podium by finishing second. While Raikkonen finished third, many thought Ferrari wasted an opportunity to win the race by pitting at the wrong time. Jenson Button finished in sixth place for McLaren having started from third on the grid – their best qualifying result for quite some time. Romain Grosjean returned to the points for Haas finishing seventh while Pascal Wehrlein got his first ever F1 point in tenth place for Manor.
All eyes will undoubtedly be on the Mercedes pair this weekend – with tensions running high can they race cleanly or will they self-implode again?
Lewis Hamilton won the Austrian Grand Prix despite a last lap incident with his team-mate.
It was the British driver who started from pole position with Nico Rosberg starting sixth following a gearbox penalty. Hamilton maintained his lead at the start with Nico Hulkenberg, who also started on the front row, dropping down the order. Jenson Button – starting a season best third for McLaren – slotted into second and was able to keep Kimi Raikkonen behind him for seven laps of the race.
Ferrari were looking strong, having started the race on a different tyre compound to the Mercedes duo. Following pit-stops it was Sebastian Vettel who led but a tyre blow-out on lap 27 put him out of the race. Raikkonen’s own stop had dropped him behind the Red Bull pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen which compromised his afternoon.
Hamilton lost out to team-mate Rosberg, who pitted first, and from there on in it looked like Rosberg’s race to lose. Having won on the previous two occasions Formula One has visited the Red Bull Ring – since its return to the calendar in 2014 – it looked like the German driver could be making it a hat-trick, despite losing out in qualifying. Hamilton closed the gap and on the last lap it became apparent that he was close enough to make a pass.
The pair collided after Rosberg failed to leave Hamilton enough space – not the first time the two of them have come to blows on the race track. Hamilton emerged unscathed after being forced wide while Rosberg’s front wing came loose. He was subsequently given a ten second penalty and a reprimand for causing a collision and not pitting an unsafe car.
Hamilton continued to win the race while Rosberg limped home in fourth – his penalty not affecting his finishing position. Joining Hamilton on the podium were Verstappen and Raikkonen. Ricciardo finished fifth ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button who finished a credible sixth having started third. Romain Grosjean returned to points with Haas in seventh ahead of Carlos Sainz and Valtteri Bottas. Pascal Wehrlein picked up his first ever points in Formula One with a tenth place finish – Manor’s first point since Monaco 2014. Sergio Perez had been running in tenth before brake failure caused his retirement in the closing stages of the race.
Joining Perez on the sidelines were team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Daniil Kvyat and Vettel.
The next race is the British Grand Prix which will take place at Silverstone this weekend.