It’s all been about the Mercedes duo in these past two races, with Hamilton’s home race at Silverstone two week ago and Nico’s home Grand Prix coming up this weekend. The potential for another turning point in the season means it’s not to be missed, especially qualifying if the previous races are anything to go by!
British Grand Prix Recap
Yet again, another Saturday which produced drama in a rain filled qualifying session. It all started in the first session when neither of the hotly tipped Williams’ or Ferrari’s made it out of Q1. In the final session, with a damp track, Hamilton was fastest and it very much looked like that was how it would stay. In fact, as Hamilton was down in his first sector on the final lap, he decided to abort and this proved to be a huge mistake. No-one expected it, but the final sector has dried considerably and each car on the flying lap was able to improve by seconds which handed Rosberg pole position. With Hamilton down in sixth, he was looking at his fourth qualifying mistake in a row and a struggle to overcome Rosberg to close the championship gap.
This all happened before we even got to the race and after Hamilton moved up to fourth in the first two corners, Raikkonen spun off track and crashed when rejoining which caused a red flag. An hour delay ensued as the barrier was fixed. Upon the restart, Rosberg was quickly able to pull out a 5 second gap over Hamilton while he was passing Button and Vettel. Hamilton was able to show his pace and lower the gap to Rosberg around the first pit stop but another pit stop problem for Hamilton saw that gap open again to around five seconds. It was here when Hamilton’s weekend entered dreamland, rapidly closing up to Rosberg, the German then suffered gear box issues and was forced to retire from the race. Not only did Hamilton get to win in front of his home fans, he also closed the championship gap to only four points.
This wasn’t the only action as Bottas was able to finish second after not making it out of Q1 and we saw a great battle between Vettel and Alonso like previous seasons. Button was also closing in on Ricciardo in the final stages but was unable to secure a podium.
German Grand Prix Preview
The big talking point heading into the German Grand Prix is that all teams have removed their Front to Rear Interlinked (FRIC) Suspension, so we may see some performance drop off from Mercedes in particular. It is thought that Mercedes had taken FRIC suspension to a whole new level so it will be interesting to see whether any other team has seemingly closed the gap. Renault powered cars should also all be using new fuel which could give them an extra 10 BHP.
We have already seen twice this season, that Hamilton has been able to bounce back from retirements and now it is the turn of Nico Rosberg to do the same. Not only does Nico have the pressure of the retirement but it is his home Grand Prix and all the Mercedes bosses will be present. If Hamilton is able to beat Rosberg again on Sunday, it will be a huge test for Nico to bounce back. Looking at practice so far, Rosberg and Hamilton were very similar in the first two sessions but Nico had a huge 0.6 gap in P3. Has Rosberg really found that much time over Hamilton?
- Lewis Hamilton
- Nico Rosberg
- Felipe Massa
- Fernando Alonso
- Valteri Bottas
This is a really tough one to call, Nico should get that extra tenth from the home crowd but you just don’t feel like that will be enough if Hamilton is on it. Both Alonso and Bottas showed great pace after a shocking qualifying so they should be up there. Massa will be disappointed after being unable to avoid a spinning Raikkonen at Silverstone but should bounce back.
The German Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on the BBC, here are the times:
Qualifying – Green light – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:35
BBC 1 – 17:25 – 18:40 (highlights)
Race – Lights out – 13:00
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 15:30
BBC 2 – 19:00 – 20:30 (highlights)
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