This year’s German Grand Prix is from the new Hockenheim circuit, that was shortened a few years ago to make it better for the crowds to view the spectacle.
Historically Ferrari have gone well here but in recent years it’s been a good track for McLaren as well with Lewis Hamilton winning in 2008.
However, the most famous, or should I say infamous result was the 2010 race when Fernando Alonso won after team orders were used to get him past team mate Felipe Massa. The famous quote being that of Rob Smedley to Massa: “Fernando is faster than you!”.
I’ve not really got a good idea of who is likely to win this weekend as it’s been such a topsy-turvey season and the weather is also quite uncertain for the race. Predictions seem to indicate a dry Friday for practise but then likely a wet qualifying session and then showers for race day, so it’s anyone’s guess!
I feel we’re likely to see a close race between Red Bull and Ferrari with McLaren being not too far behind, but track temperature is going to be key, if it’s hot expect Ferrari and McLaren to be more competitive, if it’s cold then Red Bull will be harder to beat.
It will be interesting to see if Mark Webber can keep up his good form this season and beat Sebastian Vettel again, if he can then he must have a chance of being crowned champion at the end of the season.
We may finally see Lotus get their first victory here as well, they seem to be able to challenge depending on the tyres, if they can get their car to work on both compounds we could see a victory for the team at last.
Mercedes will also be keen to impress on their home track and with two German drivers in front of their home fans perhaps they can put a good result together.
Williams have also been quoted as saying they expect to go well here, but I feel the winner is likely to be a Red Bull, or Fernando Alonso with Hamilton having a slim chance too.
It should be another good race as the track does produce some good action with its mix of high speed straights and tight and medium speed corners.