Germany, still glowing smugly after winning the World Cup, now hosts the Formula One championship at Hockenheim circuit.
A familiar tale lies behind another weekend of Formula One racing: Nico Rosberg versus Lewis Hamilton. The gap in the championship closed to just four points after Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone in the previous outing for the drivers, with Rosberg forced to retire late in the race when his Mercedes’s gearbox failed.
The week has already been bright for Rosberg, 29: he signed a new multi-year deal with the Mercedes team and got married. Now, victory in front of a home crowd beckons. Hockenheim is a challenging circuit with multiple straights, fast corners and tight hairpins.
“It’s actually the circuit I’ve won the most races at during my career through all the junior categories, so I know it suits my driving style,” Rosberg has said. “I’m looking forward to gunning for a good result in front of the crowds.”
In early practice sessions Rosberg and Hamilton were at the top, close together. Rosberg’s compatriot Sebastian Vettel, the defending champion, was well back in eighth spot. He has endured a torrid season so far with his Red Bull suffering multiple mechanical problems.
The race will run over 67 laps and 306 kilometres. Clear skies are expected with top temperatures from 28 to 31 Celsius. – Jake O’Brien
Top photo from Kieran Barker’s Twitter feed.