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.

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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.

About

German Grand Prix 2014

The German Grand Prix is hosted by the Hockenheimring, which is located in Barden-Wurttemberg, a sleepy town within Germany. The track has been hosting Formula 1 since 1970 and whilst it hasn’t always been a firm fixture on the calendar in recent years, the country is one of the best supported races in the world.

The current set up of the German Grand Prix initially had the Nürburgring hosting every other race, but since they were unable to gain enough funding to commit to this deal, Hockenheimring were awarded exclusive rights for the foreseeable future.

Track Highlights

German Grand Prix Track 2004
alessio mazzocco, Flickr

The current 4.574km layout, with 17 corners that was introduced in 2002, is a great place to come and watch Formula 1. The grand stand holds over 120,000 people, who cheer on their heroes and hold their plaques of their favourite teams. With a plethora of German drivers in the current set up, hopes are held high for a home victory.

Hockenheim is in a quiet, rural part of German, but nothing beats the sound of the Formula 1 cars in full flow around the track.

As the drivers come out of the last turn positioning the car for the best acceleration across the start finish line, it’s a relatively short run down into turn 1. High speeds and quickly down the gears, using maximum kerbs on the exit, again making a very sort shift and run down into turn 2.

This is quite a tight entry into turn 2, the cars often tend to oversteer as a result and drivers are required to pull he car back across. The cars then hit the back straight and the driver has time to look around the forest ahead, which was once famously used for the full Grand Prix track.

The driver spots his breaking point at around 330kmph, the drivers need to stay wide initially in the new part of the circuit. They then come up through the flat out kink at 7 and is a positioner as they pull the car to the right, which often is a little bumpy under breaking.

the drivers pass the Mercedes stadium on the right and through the almost flat out kink at 10. Now we come back through the historic stadium of the track. The mighty turn12 means that drivers need to be very narrow on the exit. Thy then run down into 12 and have a long camber change, with a tight line.

They then need to navigate through the kink at 14, 15 and the down into 16. Another section that the cars like to oversteer and then they run hard on the way home. The drivers are able to see the whole of the stadium in what feels more like a football match with the number of fans that are going mad with every pass of a German designed car, such as Mercedes.

History

First German Grand Prix
First German Grand Prix © Rudolf Caracciola (cc-by-sa/3.0 de)

The track has gone through many changes since it was first opened in 1932. Whilst initially considered to be one of the safest tracks in the world, the advancement of the cars has meant that the track has needed to adapt as well. The initial layout was fairly basic, with just 6 corners in total. This track ran through until 1938 when the first of the major changes were made.

The number of corners were actually reduced to just 4, in what was essentially a glorified oval, with a few tight corners involved. The speed of the cars with this layout was one of aspects that drivers loved about the track, but again, as cars got quicker, the track got more unsafe.

The next major redevelopment came in 1992 and this set up ran for 10 years through to 2002. Several kinks were added into the oval shaped track to slow drivers down and with it saw a much more technical track. They also added in a double hairpin towards the end of the track, which as a result gave the track 16 corners in total, the most that had ever been seen at the track.

The current design has been running since 2002 and no longer do they run through the forest. It’s much more in keeping with modern day Formal 1 racing, in that it includes a number of tight, technical areas. The design is one that has been greeted with mixed reviews from the fans saying that overtaking is now very limited, but the changes were required for the most part, due to safety fears.

2006 – Schumacher Wins

Michael Schumacher’s 4 wins at the German Grand Prix is the most of any driver in the modern era. His victory in 2006 was his last in his home grand prix and one that was much needed in terms of the title race that year. He ended up winning the race by just 0.720 seconds from his teammate Felipe Massa and more importantly, made vital ground on Championship leader, Fernando Alonso.

But, whilst the result was Schumacher’s third win a row that year he was unable to hold off the challenge posed by Alonso, who went on the win the drivers championship by 13 points, with Schumacher almost gifting him after retiring in the penultimate race in Japan.

2000 – Intruder Alert

One of the craziest Formula 1 races for some time took place in 2000. Everything was at it should be, until some invaded the track after 26 laps and started walking around in the middle of the race. This signalled a safety car until the man was removed, but it allowed people to pit.

It was Rubens Barichello in his Ferrari that took full advantage of this, winning the race by 7 second over that of Mika Hakkinen. But, most importantly, it was the first win of Barrichello’s career and one that will be remembered for a very long time.

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