Sunday sees the Grand Prix circus latest outing at Hockenheim in Germany. Mercedes will of course be looking to add to the country’s euphoria after their football World Cup victory in Brazil with a seventh Mercedes 1-2 finish of the season, with the rest of the field battling to be ‘best of the rest’ to reach the third step on the podium.
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Nico Rosberg will be hoping to win his home Grand Prix, despite FIFA’s petty ‘intellectual property‘ spat forcing him to remove the cup trophy from his proposed helmet design for the race, and after his disappointing retirement at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, and Lewis Hamilton’s resulting victory. The championship points are very close between the two, with just four points separating the two Mercedes team mates, Rosberg leading with 165 against Hamilton’s 161, with Red Bull’s Ricciardo a distant third on 98 points.
Williams could challenge for the front again
From the rest of the field, Williams seem to have made the greatest improvement in performance, as shown by Valterri Bottas’ superb drive to gain his highest-ever finish with 2nd in the race. His team mate Massa was the unlucky victim of Kimi Raikkonen’s spectacular first lap crash after a poor start, being unable to avoid the out-of-control Ferrari as it scythed across the circuit after a huge impact.
Susie Wolff will be hoping for more running as she takes the wheel for first practice in a Williams car after a disappointing car failure at Silverstone cut short her first F1 drive at a competition event.
Red Bull’s Ricciardo was lucky to make his tyres last with an ambitious one-stop strategy to just hold on for third place, disappointing a spirited drive from Jenson Button, with a home Grand Prix podium eluding him once again, but whose McLaren showed greatly improved performance to qualify in a season’s best third, and finishing a very close fourth, just a second behind Ricciardo, whose tyres were shot by the end of the race, and who did well to hold on for the last step on the podium.
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