2012 German Grand Prix – Pirelli GP
So, as you know from our original post, we have teamed up with the new Pirelli GP Challenge Game to give you the chance to win some amazing prizes. To carry on, here are my Pirelli GP Challenge predictions for this weekend’s German Grand Prix but first let us take a quick look back to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The whole Silverstone race weekend was all about the rain and then oddly, when the race finally came it was dry! I think this threw a few teams off who were excepting a wet race and never gave up the belief that at some point the rain would arrive and mix things up. With little dry running during the practice and qualifying sessions the race was dominated by the most adaptable teams to both the conditions and the tyres. This included the usual culprits of Red Bull, Ferrari and Lotus but unfortunately McLaren seemed to be left by the wayside. Did they gamble more on a wet race than the other teams or do they need more time to set up their car for race day than their competitors? Obviously it may just mean that the other teams have outperformed them in the development race but I’m not sure that is the case and I think the German Grand Prix will be pivotal for them. With the Hungarian Grand Prix coming just one week later and the subsequent enforced break it will be vital to gain some momentum to carry them through to Belgium at the end of August.
Congratulations to Mark Webber for a fantastic win and here are the Pirelli GP Challenge results for the British Grand Prix:
- 1st Mark Webber
- 2nd Fernando Alonso
- 3rd Sebastian Vettel
- Fastest lap Kimi Raikkonen
- Fastest cumulative pit stops Pedro de la Rosa
So 5 points for my correct pick of Alonso in second place but pretty much way off on the rest! Lewis/Jenson did have the joint quickest single pit stop but de la Rosa was the only driver to 1 stop and was thus the quickest.
Moving on to the 2012 German Grand Prix, this year it is hosted at the Hockenheimring track. The German Grand Prix alternates between Hockenheimring and Nurburgring each year in case you were wondering. Two years ago the winner was a familiar name, Fernando Alonso but I think the race is more memorable for these words from Rob Smedley to Felipe Massa when leading “ok, so, Fernando is quicker than you”. Let us hope that we get more on track drama this week and it’s another superb race to maintain the tone of the season. Here are my predictions:
- 1st Lewis Hamilton
- 2nd Sebastian Vettel
- 3rd Kimi Raikkonen
- Fastest lap Mark Webber
- Fastest cumulative pit stops Sergio Perez
I have two controversial choices, Lewis Hamilton for the win after a poor showing at his home grand prix and no place for the two drivers in the top spots of the championship. My thinking here is that the McLaren does still have the pace to challenge and there were some updates brought to Silverstone that just didn’t get the track time required in the wet practice sessions. These updates could well play a big part this weekend and on top of that, Lewis will be desperate to give his fabulous fans something to cheer about after Silverstone. Vettel would not have liked Mark Webber beating him outright for pace one bit and will also be on it Sunday to try and hold that solitary finger in the air once more. Lotus have had fantastic pace and it’s only a matter of time before they get their first win of the season. I did fancy Roman Grojean for the podium but with his 5 place grid penalty, a result of a gear box change I have chosen his team mate Raikkonen instead, he also picked up the fastest lap at Silverstone and has the fastest lap for Hockenheimring. I have been really impressed with Grojean this season but he just seems to be a magnet for incidents on the first lap, is he just unlucky or does he require some slight adjustments going into the first corner? Mark Webber will be buoyed by another Silverstone win and is always good for a quick lap at the closing stages of the race so he is my fastest lap pick. The cumulative pit stops prediction is such a difficult one to call so I am trying to pick someone that might do fewer stops than everyone else. Perez and his Sauber do have a great reputation for looking after their tyres so I am going to gamble with that.
Here is a quick reminder on how points are scored:
- 1st place = 8 points
- 2nd place = 5 points
- 3rd place = 2 points
- The fastest lap = 5 points
- The fastest cumulative pit stops = 5 points
Remember you have until midnight Saturday to enter your predictions but in the case of multiple players scoring the same points, the player who submitted their picks the earliest will come out on top. This is only race 2 of the round so there is still plenty to play for including per race prizes.
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