After tyre troubles in Silverstone, the German Grand Prix is the opportunity to overlook the tribulations. At a race home to so many, Formula One must tackle the challenges posed by the Nurburgring in a race that balances high and low speed corners with plenty of opportunities to overtake.
Back in 2009, Mark Webber won his first race here however Sebastian Vettel has never won his home grand prix at either circuit, nor has he won in Formula One in July. The Red Bull has the package to break Vettel’s duck, a result needed after a gear box failure last week.
Nico Rosberg has claimed three of the last four pole positions and there are few cars who can rival the Mercedes one lap pace. Lewis Hamilton was a victim of tyre woes last week and will want to assert himself on the list of GP winners this season while the car is still one of the best.
It is a circuit that is well suited to the Lotus however cool climate conditions may restrict Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean from achieving the potential. Kimi has retired from six of his outings in Germany and Lotus need to make better pit stop calls if the team are to find more podiums.
The pace of the Ferrari is doubted however both Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa had one their best races in Britain. Either one could achieve a podium on the right day but their qualifying has been disappointing recently, making races an uphill struggle.
Paul Di Resta must have had his fair share of bad luck in qualifying but has been able to pull out regular point scoring results. With a possible Red Bull drive on the cards next season, the Brit will need more sterling drives to keep him in contention. Good qualifying could land both Force India drivers in the points.
McLaren and Toro Rosso are both preventing Williams and Sauber from picking up the remaining points and all four are in contention for the season’s lowest points scoring team. Marussia and Caterham are still a shot off the pace to pick up points.
The Nurburgring is a circuit kind on tyres, but any sign of a blowout and there may be no race at all.
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