The German Grand Prix is an annual automobile race that takes place alternately at its two venues, the historic Nurburgring Circuit and the Hockenheimring Circuit. Last year’s German Grand Prix took place at the famous old venue, Hockenheim.
In 2011, the race held at the Nurburgring Circuit was won by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. For McLaren, it was the team’s third win of the 2011 season and 172nd in team history. Hamilton said of his victory, "It was an emotional win. When you finally hit the sweet spot, it’s great. We never expected to come here this weekend and challenge for the win. It is one of the best races I've ever done." Fernando Alonso scored a solid second place finish and his fifth podium of the 2011 season. Mark Webber finished third for Red Bull racing.
In 2012 double World Champion, Fernando Alonso, won a tense race from pole at Hockenheim for Ferrari. He beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button in a close fight. He drove a controlled race and stayed just far enough ahead of his pursuers to maintain the lead. Button climbed up from sixth on the grid to pass Vettel at the second pit stops but was re-passed with two laps to go. However, the Englishman was promoted to second place after race stewards gave Vettel a 20-second penalty for his overtaking of Button on the penultimate lap. Raikkonen, who drives for Lotus, provided some exciting racing as he moved up from tenth on the grid and was promoted to third place because of Vettel's penalty. Lewis Hamilton retired with gearbox damage after running well down the field following an early puncture.
This year, Formula 1 heads to the heart of the Eifel Mountains for the German Grand Prix, the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany. It is the ninth round of the 2013 F1 season. The race is run over 60 laps. Free Practice 1 saw Mercedes topping the timesheets, with Lewis Hamilton first and Nico Rosberg second. Sebastian Vettel topped free practice 2 and 3 for Red Bull Racing.
Four German drivers will be racing in front of their home crowd this year; namely Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Nico Hulkenberg (Sauber). Mercede is favorite and has a realistic chance to claim a home win, as a team owner, in nearly half a century.
Triple World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, has never won a home race and would love to take his 40th pole and break the jinx. Hamilton is also looking very strong with one pole at the Chinese Grand Prix this year. But it still remains to be seen if Webber or Fernando Alonso can claim their first pole of the 2013 F1 season as well. Will Rosberg continue his winning streak now that he has two wins under his belt this season? His last win was at Silverstone last week and the other was at Monaco. Fernando Alonso has won the German Grand Prix three times (2005, 2010 and 2012) with different teams which are the maximum number out of all the current drivers racing this season.
With exploding tyres at the last race in Silverstone, and drivers threatening to abandon the race, the historic Nurburgring is still very much on the forefront of everyone’s minds. It is undoubtedly all waiting to happen at the German Grand Prix. Let’s hope it is half as exciting as the British Grand Prix.