Hello F1 Fans,
After a thrilling race in Silverstone, Formula One heads to the German Grand Prix this weekend, which alternates each year between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim. This year it is the turn of Hockenheim, last used in 2012. Hockenheim hosted its first race in 1970 and became the permanent home of German Grand Prix in 1977 after the Niki Lauda’s fiery crash ended the Nordschleife’s reign. It has staged the German Grand Prix on a biennial basis since 2007, sharing the race with the new Nurburgring. The modern Hockenheim circuit is redesigned after the 2001 Grand Prix and is 2.3km shorter than its predecessor and the average speed is significantly lower, but it promotes overtaking. Its long, wide straights usually produce entertaining racing, which the drivers and fans enjoy in equal measure. Just like Austria and Silverstone, weather conditions in the upper Rhine valley can be unpredictable at this time of year and can spice up the race weekend.
STANDINGS - Lewis Hamilton's 5th win of the 2014 F1 season coupled with Rosberg's DNF at British GP saw the lead in Drivers' Championship reduced to 4. The standings after the British Grand Prix we have Nico Rosberg leads the Drivers’ championship with 165 points, Lewis Hamilton in second with 161 points and Daniel Ricciardo in third with 98 points. In the Constructors’ battle Mercedes is sitting at the top with a commanding lead of 326 points with Red Bull in 2nd with 168 points and Ferrari in 3rd with 106 points.
TYRE ALLOCATION - Pirelli will be bringing the P Zero Yellow soft tyre alongside the P Zero Red supersoft to Germany: a combination last used in Austria. Traction and braking are the two key aspects of Hockenheim, with the tyres subjected to deceleration forces of almost 5g. Also the relatively low average temperatures and short corners make keeping the tyres within their ideal working range one of the biggest challenges at Hockenheim.
DRS ZONES - There will be two DRS zones for this race. The activation point of the first is shortly before Turn 1 and the activation point is between Turn 1 and Turn 2. The second zone’s detection point is just before Turn 4 and the activation point will be between 4 and Turn 5.
Lewis Hamilton starts as the favourite for the German Grand Prix his British GP victory last time out. Can Nico Rosberg bounce back from his first DNF of the season with a win at his home grand prix? Can Bottas follow-up his 2nd podium finish this season with a win in Germany? If you're in the New York City area and looking for some great racing action with other F1 fans, be sure to join us for the German Grand Prix to see who will take the checkered flag. Race will start at 08:00AM EDT with the pre-race starting at 07:30AM EDT. It's going to be another fantastic race.
We hope to see you all!