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    2019 German GP - Hockenhiem



    We return to the BOOT. HockenhiemRing as it is called is located in the Rhine valley near the town of Hockenheim in Baden-Württemberg Germany. In the Turbo era, it was a 6.832 Km (4.240 Miles) circuit carved into the Hockenheim forest. The circuit was redesigned by Hermann Tilke for the 2002 German Grand Prix after the F1 management requested that it should be shortened. Amidst protest for its change in layout, the new layout was reduced to a 2.7km layout that is reminiscent of a ladies boot.

    Since the turbo era (1984 - 2013), Ferrari was the most successful team to win this race with nine wins, closely followed by the Williams F1 team with eight wins. However since the new layout in 2002, Ferrari has won it five times, followed by Mercedes with three wins and Redbull with two wins.

    Kimi Raikonen currently hold the race lap record at 1:13:780 since 2004 in the Mclaren MP4-19B. The Red Baron, Michael Schumacher is jointly the most successful driver to race this track since the turbo era to date with Lewis Hamilton who have jointly won this race four time each. Alonso has won it three times. Sebastien Vettel is the only other driver on the current grid to have won this race, in 2013, his only win at the venue.



    Ferrari and Vettel return to the BOOT with a sour reminder of the unfortunate incident last season that saw the Ferrari and Vettel's hopes of winning the 2018 championship unravel in a spectacular fashion. The innocuous crash from a handsome lead that handed his closest rival the win of the race was a very bitter pill for Ferrari and Vettel specifically. Vettel returns with no grand prix win to his name in a season that is looking nightmarish for him. The Ferrari is typically very strong at this track, but the 2019 Ferrari is expected to give away performance at the tight corners on the lower half of the boot. But would excel in the fast straights at the top half of the boot. Could Vettel finally win a race for Ferrari in 2019 at this weekend. It would be a popular win if either Ferrari driver manage to put the Ferrari on the top step of the podium this weekend.



    This race is expected to be very hot as it was at the Austrian GP. There are indications that the Mercedes may suffer cooling problems at this race. It would seem the battle for the top step shall be between Ferrari and Redbull. Ferrari would seem the favorite to win this race on paper, but the Redbull has found a way to get into Ferrari's hair, this season, hence l would not write off a Verstapenn win at this weekend.



    That said, l would not write off the Mercedes either. After Austria, l am sure they have gone back to base and worked out a solution for the hot temperatures experienced at Austria. To a certain extent, we go into Hockenheim somewhat unsure about who is going to win it.

    One of the three DRS zones of the Hockenheimring track has been removed for this race weekend. The DRS zone on the pit straight has been removed. Mercedes would be running a white livery to commemorate 125 years of racing and their 200th F1 race. The white livery at the front shreds at the midpoint of the car into the normal silver livery at the rear of the car.

    And the fine German Grid Girls to warm your hearts for this German GP.

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    Sunday is expected to be cooler with a good chance of rain. If it turns out to be cooler or rainy, my money is on the Mercedes; maybe a Bottas resurgence.
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    Boss will win if it is a proper wet race ............. with a weird livery!

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    Gasly in trouble after a crash at the last 10 minutes of practise two. Horner seem upset about it, which may indicate that Gasly's days in Redbull colours may be drawing to a close.

    Karun did his level best to stir things up with a very leading question. The sky lot seem to be advertising Alonso free of charge. A demonstration of the ugly side of British media [if one can call this journalism] that cannot resist meddling rather than observing and reporting. I agree there should be room for some speculation of what might transpire. But making comments or actions that could actively affect the chances of the subject is where l draw the line.

    Observers Effect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrodaze View Post
    Karun did his level best to stir things up with a very leading question. The sky lot seem to be advertising Alonso free of charge. A demonstration of the ugly side of British media [if one can call this journalism] that cannot resist meddling rather than observing and reporting. I agree there should be room for some speculation of what might transpire. But making comments or actions that could actively affect the chances of the subject is where l draw the line.
    You can't blame Sky for trying to influence Ferrari. The Italians seem to hold them, particularly Karun, in very high regard, as we discovered with their appeal of Vettel's penalty at the Canadian GP.

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    Picture of the United States GP in Austin at turn 1, priceless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by N4D13 View Post
    You can't blame Sky for trying to influence Ferrari. The Italians seem to hold them, particularly Karun, in very high regard, as we discovered with their appeal of Vettel's penalty at the Canadian GP.
    Actually, sky is trying to get Alonso into Gasly's seat at Redbull. I wonder what Honda has to say about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zako85 View Post
    Picture of the United States GP in Austin at turn 1, priceless.
    Well spotted!
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    I really don't understand how Ferrari continue to embarrass themselves like this. Too bad for Vettel.

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    Now Veratappen has issues. Smh

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