After a week off, the stars of Formula One are back in action this weekend in Germany. It’s the first race in the country since 2016. With that being said, here are the top five storylines for Sunday’s Emirates German Grand Prix (9 a.m. ET/ESPN 2).
The season is heating up with there being 10 races down and 11 to go. Currently, Sebastian Vettel leads Lewis Hamilton by a mere eight points. The next best is Kimi Raikkonen in third. With the title fight likely coming down to the wire, it’s crucial for both Vettel and Hamilton to have good runs on Sunday.
We’ve seen three straight F1 races and three different winners in each. All three races were in consecutive weeks too. Lewis Hamilton won in France while Max Verstappen won his first race of the year the very next week in Austria. The week after that, Sebastian Vettel stole a win in Hamilton’s home track in England. Now, will we see a fourth straight different winner on Sunday?
Overall, since Daniel Ricciardo won in Monaco, we’ve had four different winners over the last five races. The only two that haven’t won in that time frame were Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari).
Last 2 Races Before Summer Break
It’s crucial for all the drivers to head into the pivotal summer break with as much momentum as possible. With this two race stretch of Germany on Sunday and Hungary next Sunday, the F1 drivers will have a month off before their next event in Belgum in Aug. 26. This all comes after a three week stretch of France, Austria and England, as F1 will have hosted five races in a six week span, all of which in European countries.
Ending this string on a high note is big.
When the German Grand Prix was first started, they saw a home country winner in five of the first seven years of the event. From 1926 through 1932, the German Grand Prix was won by a German driver five times. But, they went 63 years without one though. Michael Schumacher finally ended that string with a win in 1995. His brother Ralf Schumacher won in 2001, while the elder Schumacher won again in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Then, Sebastian Vettel won in 2013 in Nurburgring. Can he win for the first time in Hockenheimring?
This track is only 28 miles from the Ferrari star’s hometown of Heppenheim, but he’s yet to stand tallest on the Hockenheim podium.
Hamilton The Favorite?
Picking a favorite this weekend is difficult. The points above prove that. But, if we had to choose one, why look past Hamilton. He won the last Hockenheim race in 2016 by leading from start to finish, and he has led more laps here (121) than any other active driver (Fernando Alonso is next on 117). He has had the pace lately but just not the luck.
Watch out for Hamilton on Sunday.