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2014 German GP (Hockenheim): Formula One F1 Starting Line-up Grid & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 19, 2014 - 04:29 PM
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2014 German GP (Hockenheim): Formula One F1 Starting Line-up Grid & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

The Formula One Championship has arrived in Hockenheim Germany for the German Grand Prix, its 10th race of the 2014 season. It is F1's first visit to Hockenheim since 2012 since an agreement - in 2007 - was reached with the Nurburgring circuit to annually swap the event in order to reduce their exposure to significant losses.

Interestingly, just three circuits have hosted Formula One's German Grand Prix: Hockenheim (34), the Nürburgring (26) and a sole event at Berlin’s Avus circuit in 1959.

The Formula One World drivers championship fight is in full swing with Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton - behind by 4 points - leading the 2014 points standings.

Hockenheimring's history with Formula One goes back to 1970. Originally the track was 6.8km long with significant high speed sections through massive forests. In 2002, Formula One designer Herman Tilke put his pen to paper and chopped the circuit down to its current size and speeds. Previously, the record lap was recorded by Juan Pablo Montoya in a Williams BMW who averaged 250.5 kph. Today's Pole position was grabbed by Rosberg in his Mercedes entry with a lap of 1:16.540 or 215.134 kph.

Heading into Turn One in the lead tomorrow should be Polesitter Nico Rosberg who will be starting on the clean side of the circuit. Thus Williams F1 driver Valtteri Bottas will have a mighty hill to climb to keep his teammate Felipe Massa behind him. Although we expect the Williams team to focus on scoring points since the team is just three points behind Ferrari in the constructors fight for third.

Out of the last 22 races at Hockenheimring 19 have been won from third or better, 18 of 22 have been won from the front row.

So the strategies are clear, Rosberg will be looking for a clean get-away, and Williams will be looking to keep their two drivers from giving away championship points by avoiding a royal cock-up.

But keep an eye on Turn 2/3. Anyone still racing after Turn One will be looking to brake late into this section, to make up places lost at the start.

Our pick for the race will be Nico Rosberg to take the 2014 German Grand Prix victory, but keep an eye on Lewis Hamilton who will be trying to get to his rear wing at the end after a braking disaster in qualifying.

Determined desperation has a way of creating interesting heart-pounding situations.

Enjoy Formula One F1 2014 German Grand Prix!

 

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2014 German GP (Hockenheim): Formula One Qualifying Results
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.631 1:17.109 1:16.540 17
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:18.215 1:17.353 1:16.759 15
3 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:18.381 1:17.370 1:17.078 21
4 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.260 1:17.788 1:17.214 17
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.117 1:17.855 1:17.273 19
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.194 1:17.646 1:17.577 16
7 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:18.389 1:17.866 1:17.649 19
8 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:18.530 1:18.103 1:17.965 22
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:18.927 1:18.017 1:18.014 21
10 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:18.916 1:18.161 1:18.035 21
11 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.425 1:18.193 15
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:18.534 1:18.273 13
13 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:18.496 1:18.285 14
14 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.739 1:18.787 14
15 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:18.894 1:18.983 14
16 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.683 5
17 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.142 8
18 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:19.676 8
19 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:20.195 7
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:20.408 7
21 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:20.489 9
22 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault

Q1 107% Time 1:23.065

Note - Gutierrez qualified P14, but drops three places for causing collision at previous round.



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