Who Will Win This Sunday’s German Grand Prix At Hockenheim?
This season was supposed to be the year that Ferrari and Red Bull finally closed the gap on Mercedes and ended their five year domination of the Formula 1 scene. However, despite pre-season promise from both, the German team has once again dominated the season, winning nine of the ten races contested so far and they are absolutely miles in front of the next team in the Constructor’s Championship.
Of their two driver’s it is Lewis Hamilton that has shone brightest. The British ace, a five-time World Champion could make it six in double-quick time this year after a stunning opening ten races which has seen him win seven of those contested, with team mate Valtteri Bottas winning two of the other three. All 10 teams and 20 drivers are now heading to Germany this weekend for the German Grand Prix and perhaps a chance for teams to claw back some points on the dominant Mercedes team and driving duo.
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Let’s now take a closer look at how the F1 season stands ahead of the action at Hockenheim this weekend.
Current F1 Standings (2019 Season – After British Grand Prix)
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 223
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 184
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 136
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) – 123
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 120
- Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) – 55
- Carlos Sainz Jr (McLaren) – 38
- Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) – 25
- Lando Norris (McLaren) – 22
- Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) – 22
- Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) – 17
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 14
- Sergio Perez (Racing Point) – 13
- Danil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) – 12
- Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) – 7
- Lance Stroll (Racing Point) – 6
- Romain Grosjean (Haas) – 2
- Antonio Giovanazzi (Alfa Romeo) – 1
- George Russell (Williams) – 0
- Robert Kubica (Williams) – 0
- Mercedes – 407
- Ferrari – 243
- Red Bull – 191
- McLaren – 60
- Renault – 39
- Alfa Romeo – 26
- Racing Point – 19
- Toro Rosso – 19
- Haas – 16
- Williams – 0
Fastest Lap Winners
The driver setting the fastest lap during each race of the season (not in qualifying) earns 1 championship point. This is in addition to any of the points the driver earns in the race.
- Australia – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- Bahrain – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- China – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
- Azerbaijan – Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
- Spain – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
- Monaco – Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)
- Canada – Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
- France – Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
- Austria – Max Vestappen (Red Bull)
- Great Britain – Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
German Grand Prix – Facts and Figures
The driver with the most number of wins in the German Grand Prix is Germany’s Rudolf Caracciola, who won the first ever race back in 1926. His six wins came in the 1920s and 30s and not all the races he won were part of the F1 calendar back then.
Outside of Caracciola, the most number of wins of more modern drivers is four and this has been achieved by Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
The race has been won three times in a row by three different drivers, Ascari, Fangio and Senna. Lewis Hamilton can join this elite group of drivers if he lands a victory in the race this week. Like Fangio’s treble, Hamilton’s will come over four years, due to the German Grand Prix not being held in one of the intervening years between the wins.
Only one other driver on the grid this weekend, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, has won this race along with Hamilton.
The race was originally held at the famous Nurburgring circuit for many years until the late Niki Lauda was badly injured in a crash there in 1976, after which it was switched to Hockenheim. It has mainly been held at Hockenheim ever since, with just a few races at a shortened Nurburgring circuit since.
Hockenheim was redesigned in 1992 to make it a more technical track, rather than a generally oval circuit. A new corner complex, called Hairpin, and a long curve, Parabolika, have been introduced to the track to give it more technical aspects and for teams to rely less on pure speed to win the race.
Hockenheim Ring Information
- Capacity – 120,000
- Opened – 1932
- Length – 4.574 Kilometers (2.842 miles)
- Turns – 17
- Lap Record – 1.13.780 (Kimi Raikkonen, McLaren 2004)
- Famous sections – Parabolika, Hairpin, Mercedes, Sachs, SudKurve, NordKurve.
Our Tips for Sunday’s German Grand Prix?
I’d love to think that Ferrari and Red Bull will put real pressure on Mercedes in this weekend’s race but in truth, I just don’t see it. This track is the German teams home track and their drivers will be well used to extracting every thousandth of a second from it as they race around on Sunday.
Add that to their overall dominance and I cannot see how anyone can dislodge Hamilton and Bottas from the top two spots on the podium, and of course, I think Hamilton is the most likely to win, although if Bottas can shine in qualifying and get off to a good start, Hamilton may well be content to finish second to his team mate.
The battle for third should be close and while I would ordinarily pick Vettel to land this one, I think his form at the moment and his mindset, is not great and as such, I think Max Verstappen is the man to pick for the final spot on the podium.