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Preview: The 2019 German Grand Prix

  • Published on 25 Jul 2019 13:38
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

After a crazy British Grand Prix at Silverstone, it's now Germany's turn for Formula 1. The Grand Prix of Germany is race number eleven this season, as the F1 circus travels to Hockenheim to race on the Hockenheimring. 

The once famous high-speed circuit through the German forests is nowadays a 4,574-kilometre long technical circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke. In 2014, Hockenheim seemed to lose its place on the Formula 1 calendar but managed to fight back. 

The circuit

The Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg was built in 1932 and at the time, was mainly used as a test circuit for Mercedes. In 1938 the circuit was renamed Kurpfalzring and the original triangle was shortened to a race track of almost seven kilometres.

In 1965 the track was redesigned due to the construction of the A6, the Autobahn, which nowadays still runs close to the main stands of the circuit. The last time the Hockenheimring was redesigned was in 2002.

The original circuit was almost seven kilometres long and mostly ran through the forests near Hockenheim, but the current one does not. The only thing that has been preserved in the current circuit of 4,574 meters is the stadium section and start-finish straight.
 

Length of the circuit 4,574 meters
Number of racing laps 67
Total racing distance 306.458 kilometres
Lap record 1:13.780 (Kimi Raikkonen, 2004)


The German circuit contains two DRS zones. The drivers can open their rear wing between Turns 2 and 3 and Turns 4 and 6. The third zone of last year, between the last and the first turn, has been removed. 
 

Driving direction Clockwise
Number of turns 17 (6 to the left, 11 to the right)
Distance from the start to the first corner 260 meters
Braking points of more than 2G 5, of which 3 are heavy
Percentage on full throttle 60 per cent
Highest lateral G-force 4.4 G in turn 1
Length of pits below limiter 300 meters
Duration of the ride through the pits 21 seconds
Fuel consumption High
Side of pole position Left
Tyre compounds C2, C3, C4
The opportunity of a safety car Low
Chance of rain Average

 
Tyre allocation

 

Driver C2 C3 C4
Lewis Hamilton 1 4 8
Valtteri Bottas 1 4 8
Sebastian Vettel 1 3 9
Charles Leclerc 2 2 9
Max Verstappen 1 4 8
Pierre Gasly 1 4 8
Daniel Ricciardo 1 2 10
Nico Hulkenberg 2 1 10
Kevin Magnussen 1 3 9
Romain Grosjean 2 2 9
Carlos Sainz 2 3 8
Lando Norris 2 2 9
Sergio Perez 2 3 8
Lance Stroll 2 3 8
Kimi Raikkonen 1 3 9
Antonio Giovinazzi 2 2 9
Daniil Kvyat 2 1 10
Alexander Albon 1 2 10
George Russell 2 2 9
Robert Kubica 1 3 9


The contenders 

Top speed and a good balance seem to be very important at the Hockenheimring and that's why Mercedes is immediately the favourite. Behind Mercedes, there will be a battle between Red Bull Racing and Ferrari.

In recent races, Red Bull has reduced the gap in the championship to Ferrari, so the Austrian team would like to take over Ferrari's second place in Germany. Anything can happen in the middle of the pack. While McLaren has shown up in the previous races, Alfa Romeo have suddenly come on strong, as have Renault. 

Sebastian Vettel seemed on his way to victory at Hockenheim last year, until a small shower of rain surprised him. The Ferrari driver pitched his car in the gravel during his home race and saw Lewis Hamilton take the win. Valtteri Bottas completed the Mercedes one-two, while Kimi Raikkonen managed to hold off Max Verstappen for the third podium spot.
 

Best time FP1 1:13.535 (Ricciardo)
Best time FP2 1:13.085 (Verstappen)
Best time FP3 1:34.577 (Leclerc)
Best time Q1 1:12.505 (Raikkonen)
Best time Q2 1:12.152 (Bottas)
Best time Q3 1:11.212 (Vettel)
Fastest racing lap 1:15.545 (Hamilton)
Total race time 1 hour 32 minutes and 30 seconds
Average speed 211.9 kilometres per hour
Highest top speed 353.7 kilometres per hour
Podium Hamilton - Bottas - Raikkonen
Winning strategy 1 stop, lap 42
Total number of stops 40
Number of retirements 5

 


Weather

Will the German Grand Prix be the first race of 2019 with rain? According to the predictions, that is certainly not impossible. Sun and tropical temperatures are expected for Friday, but there is a significant chance of rain and thunderstorms on Saturday and Sunday. 

HOCKENHEIM German Grand Prix

Trivia

The most successful driver of the German Grand Prix is ​​Rudolf Caracciola, who won six times between 1926 and 1939. Michael Schumacher has 4 wins at his home Grand Prix, all at the Hockenheimring. Ferrari is the most successful constructor with 22 wins.

At the German Grand Prix of 2014, Nico Rosberg became the first German driver to win the German Grand Prix in a German car. 

Lewis Hamilton has the chance to beat Schumacher's victory over German Grand Prix victories during the 2019 event. He has won four times - three times in Hockenheim and once at the Nurburgring.

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