The German Grand Prix is a motor race that is part of the FIA Formula One championship. The race originated in Germany in 1926 and has been held almost every year ever since. It has been raced in three race tracks throughout its history: Nürburgring, Hockenheimring, and AVUS near Berlin.
The current German Grand Prix will be held at Hockenheim, on a track that was originally built by Mercedes as a test track for their cars to hone them for the Tripoli Grand Prix. The original race track was the 12km “Triangle Track”. The track was shortened in 1938 and further updated in the 1960s. Formula 1 came to Hockenheim in 1970 and the first race there was won by Austrian Jochen Rindt, who won by 0.7 seconds from rival Jacky Ickx.
Lewis Hamilton is the defending race champion at the German Grand Prix. The reigning Formula 1 champion is also the winningest current driver in the race with four wins, including the last two. Hamilton is also the current leader in the driver standings and is running away with 223 points, comfortably 39 points ahead of second placer and teammate Valtteri Bottas. Hamilton is having a dominant season in 2019 as he has won seven out of the first 10 races of the season and has finished out of the podium in only one race this year.
Valtteri Bottas is Hamilton’s teammate who is second in the drivers’ standings next to Briton. Bottas has won two races this year and has finished second in five other races. He is tied with Hamilton with nine podium finishes this year and his lowest finish was 4th place in the Canadian Grand Prix. As far as the German Grand Prix is concerned, Bottas has placed in the Top 10 in his last three races here and these included second-place finishes in 2014 and 2018.
Charles Leclerc is Ferrari’s highly touted rookie who is currently 5th in the drivers’ standings. The Monegasque is the second-youngest driver in Formula One history to qualify for a pole position, having done so at the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix. Leclerc finished 2nd in the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix two races ago, the highest finish in his rookie season. He also has 4 third-place finishes for Ferrari in 2019.
Max Verstappen is the Red Bull Racing ace who is the only non-Mercedes and Ferrari driver in the Top 5 of the drivers’ standings. The Belgian-Dutch driver won the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix and has done so for the last two years. Verstappen has finished third twice and fourth five times this season. He’s had two appearances at the German Open and he finished third and fourth in 2016 and 2018, respectively.
Sebastian Vettel has always been Lewis Hamilton’s chief rival but has fallen so low in the current odds board after finishing in 16th place in the 2019 Britsh Grand Prix. the four-time world champion has failed to finish on the podium in six out of the 10 races of the season. He has yet to win a race this year with only his back to back second-place finishes in Monaco and Canada as hs highlights of the season. Vettel won this race in 2013 but retired last year.
This has been a year dominated by Mercedes and by Lewis Hamilton in Particular. The defending F1 champion has won seven out of the 10 races so far this year and he has been nothing short of incredible. Among the current drivers, Hamilton is also the most successful in this race and among his chief rivals in the odds board, only Vettel has won this race before.
It looks as if the oddsmakers are already waving their white flags on Vettel after what happened at the British Grand Prix and how poorly he’s raced so far. But no matter what they say, he is still a 4-time world champion and is by no means over the hill right now. There is still always a chance that he’s going to break out of this slump and it could be at a race he’s won before – here in Germany.
I like Vettel’s numbers and I am tempted to place my money on him. However, I can’t just discount what Hamilton has achieved this season and weighing both, I think it’s still what counts more. Between what Hamilton has done and what Vettel can do, I will go with the former. Prediction: Lewis Hamilton