There’s been just enough time to pack our bags and get out of Hungary and here we are, getting ready for the next leg of the Formula 1 world championship. The German Grand Prix is the twelfth round of the season and it returns to Hockenheim after a year off the calendar.
It is also the last race before the summer break and, as usual the team will be giving its all, because going into the holidays on the back of a good result is the best way to put a smile on everyone’s face!
The Hockenheimring has hosted 35 German Grands Prix, the last one dating back to 2014. The circuit’s trademark endless straights running through the Black Forest are long gone, but the Hockenheimring still has plenty going for it: traction and braking are two key elements of doing well here, as the straights in the early part then lead into the final Motodrom section which is tight and tricky, making it a track with contrasting features. It boasts 17 corners, 8 to the right and 9 to the left.
While in some sectors it would be beneficial to run without too much downforce, the tendency is to go for a medium to high downforce set-up. That means the drivers can attack the final sector, sliding less on the smooth surface and thus looking after the tyres as much as possible. The power unit comes under a lot of stress here because 65% of the lap is driven on full throttle. Tyres need to be managed too and for this German Grand Prix, Pirelli has gone for the same compounds used last weekend in Hungary. Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz have opted to have 1 set of White Medium, 4 of Yellow Soft and 8 of Red SuperSoft.