Perhaps the most defining double header in the recent history of Formula 1, The summer break is right around the corner and it’s important for few teams to redefine their position in the sport. Add to the fact that this 4.5Km circuit with 17 corners was last seen in Formula 1 in the year 2010, So Pirelli has practically not much knowledge of the track ever since its return. With so much of unpredictability this season, Things could only get more spicy hereon.
“The German Grand Prix, in the country where the automobile was born, is a highlight of every Formula One season and especially so for our Silver Arrows works team” - Norbert Haug
“The German fans who visit Hockenheim create a good atmosphere, particularly in the final few corners with the big grandstands, so it’s a fun circuit to drive” - Pastor Maldonado
“Coming to a circuit that is new to us always holds a different challenge, as we don’t have any of our own previous data to compare it with. But the progress that has been made with simulation is incredible: these days you can learn so much about how a tyre will behave on a circuit without even going there” - Paul Hembery, Pirelli
“The Hockenheimring is above average when it comes to engine demands with a high power sensitivity” - Remi Taffin
The onus is definitely on one British Team which saw a severe drop in its performance in the last couple of races, With one of their drivers struggling to get more performance out of its tyres, There has been a double person on the other which is not doing any good to the Team. With what is termed as ‘Visible’ update that is going to be featured for this British Team. It is definitely going to be a defining moment for them at least for this season.
“The final back-to-back before we head into the summer break will be important for the whole team: coming off the back of a couple of disappointing weekends, it’s important that we capitalise on the opportunities available in Germany and Hungary” - Jenson Button
“The fans always support the race and help produce a good atmosphere, especially in the stadium section at the end of the lap. It’s fair to say that Michael and Sebastian are the main attractions, but the fans always show their support for all the German drivers” - Nico Hulkenberg
5 drivers will be in special focus for the weekend as it will be their home race, This race is also a Home race for one of the Teams which is also in desperate need of a strong finish. Vettel and Schumacher are the all time favorites heading into the weekend, With an increase in performance right from Valencia, Red Bull will be looking to continue their momentum and will be looking ahead to create a firm position in the standings. Mark Webber, fresh from an renewed deal and with a second win of this season is clearly looking to be in a better position then his German Teammate. Unless we see a promising update from the McLarens, The Austrian Team will be looking ahead to dominate the weekend
“The car was good in Valencia, it was also good in Silverstone. And as Hockenheim is a mix of the slow speed of Valencia and high speed of Silverstone, I would expect Ferrari to be competitive in Germany” - Andrea Stella, Alonso’s Race Engineer
The Prancing Horses so far had a great which certainly was beyond their expectations, With Massa lifting his performance, Things could only get better unless something terrible happens for them. And with Alonso’s race engineer predicting that Ferrari will be strong for the weekend, they are all set to help Alonso to extend his lead in the standings while Massa will be doing all he could to impress the Team in a bid to renew his contract for next season
“You need good traction out of the corners and if you’re lacking rear grip it’s hard to get the pace from the car to challenge for the top positions” - Kimi Raikkonen
‘In Hockenheim, some interesting development parts will appear on Friday. We’re pushing, you see. We leave no stone unturned and want to have a much better second half of the championship” - Eric Boullier
The real dark horses again for this weekend are Lotus, They have been teasing about a win for so long now, In many situations they proved to be so near yet so far. With the hot temperatures set to greet the teams for the weekend, It could well mean that Lotus may be oncourse for a win this weekend.
“People often ask me whether there is any such thing as a home advantage in such an international sport as ours and my answer is: perhaps not a home advantage, but certainly a home-race feeling” - Michael Schumacher
“I will never forget my father's last DTM race in 1995. I joined him on the roof of his car driving through the Motodrom - and that was the moment when I thought to myself "How cool is that?!" and decided to become a racing driver like him” - Nico Rosberg
As Schumacher nicely summed it up, Although there won’t be a home advantage for this Team, The Home feeling that they would be having would prompt them to put an inspired show. According to Ross Brawn, Mercedes are set to have further updates to their car and with this kind of circuit set to suit their car, They will hoping to give their fans a special race.
“Overall its requirements are closer to those of Valencia. Braking stability and traction are important, but you also need some straight line speed, particularly on the long straight where overtaking should be possible” - Giampaolo Dall’Ara, Head of Track Engineering, Sauber
“Good braking stability and excellent traction are required in the Spitzkehre at the far end of the circuit” - Norbert Haug
Hockenheim is a kind of track which requires the car to be nicely setup for low speed corners and one would require lots of traction to create an opportunity for a potential overtaking. In the past it has always been a tough track to overtake not because one really can’t overtake but it was a challenge for the drivers in case they couldn’t find the sweet spot in their car. The ideal traits that the teams would be looking forward to have it in their car would certainly be Braking stability, heavy traction for the corners, high rear grip and a good amount of straightline speed for that heavy straight. Teams that have done well in Valencia would be the straight away favorites for this track as both these tracks have similar characteristics. Plenty of Teams who have brought significant update to Silverstone have reportedly not brought any particular update to the track as they are focusing on maximising the update package.
In all, We are all set for the most defining double header in the recent history of Formula 1, With so much at stake, It’s going to be a important battle for many, One too much to miss!