After a fortnight break, Formula One heads to Hockenheim for the 2018 German Grand Prix.
For Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg, this is their home race so both will want to deliver as the championship hots up, heading into the Summer break after Hungary next week.
Mercedes meanwhile will want a home team win as Lewis Hamilton seeks revenge after Vettel denied him a home victory last time out.
Circuit: Hockenheimring Baden-Wurttemberg
Race Distance: 306.458km
Tyre Compounds: Mediums, Softs and Ultra-Softs
With its long straights, power is going to be critical this weekend meaning that it should be a straight Mercedes vs Ferrari fight throughout whole weekend.
Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff believes that his Silver Arrows are the ‘quickest’ despite the triple header having its ups and downs and taking three pole positions.
Add in Mercedes’ recent form around here then there is cause for optimism of a third consecutive German Grand Prix victory.
Red Bull however view Hockenheim as ‘sort-of supersized Red Bull Ring’ and given that they were able to take a 2-3 finish on last trip here in 2016, don’t rule out the Bulls just yet.
Hope for Force India?
Force India will be hoping to record a third consecutive German Grand Prix double points finish this weekend.
With fourth place in Constructors Championship still achievable as 22 points separate Renault (4th) to McLaren (7th), Sergio Perez is targeting a ‘clean weekend’ whilst Esteban Ocon feels that Hockenheim ‘should suit’ Force India this weekend with its ‘straights and slow corners’.
Team Principal, Vijay Mallya however believes that his Pink Panthers have the momentum after a pair of consecutive point finishes in Austria and Great Britain last time out.
He however feels that both drivers have been ‘a bit unlucky’ after being caught up in first lap incidents during first half of season.
Can Force India therefore continue their recovery and notch up a third consecutive double points finish of both, season and German GP?
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