German Grand Prix Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 22nd July 2018

German Grand Prix Track Guide

The Formula 1 season returns this weekend, with the stars of the sport heading for Germany. The campaign is approaching the summer break at the end of the month, and this is just one of two races to come before the break. With Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton running each other close at the top of the standings, just who will go into the break in charge?

Vettel is looking for back to back victories, in what has been a back and forth season. We’ve seen the dynamic at the top constantly in flux, and Hamilton will be aiming to close the 12 point gap in Germany this weekend. In a season of inconsistency, we see Vettel losing out to the champion this weekend.

Top Tips

Lewis Hamilton to win @ 11/8

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Race Info

After a year off in 2017, the German Grand Prix returns to the schedule here. This is the third straight rime Hockenheimring has hosted the race, which has hosted the majority of GPs in this country. It was rebuilt in 2002, and that facelift has played host to 10 races, with an 11th to come.

RoundCountryCircuitRace Distance
11/21 Germany Hockenheimring 306km / 67 Laps

Schedule

 DateStart TimeFinish TimeForecast ConditionsTV Coverage
Practice 1 Fri 20th July 10:00 11:30 Dry / 27° -
Practice 2 Fri 20th July 14:00 15:30 Dry / 30° -
Practice 3 Sat 21st July 11:00 12:30 Dry / 27° -
Qualifying Sat 21st July 14:00 15:00 Dry / 29° Sky F1
Race Sun 22nd July 14:10 16:10 Dry / 27° Sky F1

Previous Race Result (2016)

With the German GP left off the schedule last year, 2016 was the last time the Formula 1 season took a detour through Germany. That race was taken by Lewis Hamilton, the latest of his victories in Germany. He ended up almost seven seconds clear, as he claimed a comfortable victory after finishing second in qualifying. That win widened his lead at the top of the championship, and he’ll be hoping for a similar boost to his title hopes here.

Daniel Ricciardo finished in second place, as Red Bull’s duo followed up Hamilton to round off the podium. Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg slipped from top in qualifying, down to fourth in the standings, with Hamilton gaining 13 points on him to boost his title hopes. This year’s leader Vettel wound up in fifth, half a minute off the pace. He’ll be hoping for a much better display this weekend.

PositionDriverCarGrid PositionPoints
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 25
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 3 18
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 4 15
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1 12
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 6 10
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 5 8
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 8 6
8 Jenson Button McLaren 12 4
9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 7 2
10 Sergio Perez Force India 9 1

Race News: Mercedes Boost in Triple Header

This month’s triple header was a big change to the F1 schedule, and it gave sides a new way to measure their progress. That seems to have given Mercedes a boost, after they topped qualifying in each race. They managed to win just one of those, but recording the fastest times across the meetings in France, Austria and at Silverstone should boost morale, which could prove crucial at this stage of proceedings.

The reigning champions should be confident ahead of this race, with boss Toto Wolff pointing to a silver lining for the Silver Arrows. They may have struggled to match Ferrari so far this year, but they’re clearly going the right way as they try to get things back on track.

Analysis: Opportunity for Hamilton

Mercedes may be considered to have two home races, but for Hamilton there’s only one. His loss to Vettel in the British Grand Prix must sting, but there’s a perfect chance to repay the blow when they clash this weekend. Vettel will be hoping to land some success in front of a supportive home crowd, while Hamilton will be aiming for the kind of points swing which he enjoyed back in 2016.

No one has won back to back races since Hamilton achieved it in the fifth weekend of the season. Even that was a turbulent time at the top, with the first six races giving us three players with two victories. While Vettel is in a strong position, consistency hasn’t really been a big part of this season. With Mercedes making steps forward in terms of their speed, they’re certainly set for some progress on Sunday.

Final Verdict: Hamilton To Win

It was 2014 when a German last won this race, and that was a Mercedes driver. With the Silver Arrows looking pacey, we expect them to challenge here. This feels like the perfect time for Hamilton to spoil Vettel’s home race, while the Mercedes team will feel at home in at Hockenheim.

Vettel may not exactly feel at home, his single win at this race came at Nurburgring, while Hamilton has won twice at this circuit. He’s brilliantly priced at 11/8 to win this race, while we also like his price of 11/10 to top qualifying, given Mercedes’ recent stint on pole. We’re likely to see the Brit joined by a pair of Ferrari drivers, with Kimi Raikkonen recording three straight podium finishes. At odds of 10/11, he’s decent value to keep that run going.

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