While the era of German dominance in F1 had seemingly ended when Michael Schumacher first retired in 2006, interest in the country’s home grand prix has remained high thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s success since 2010. The Hockenheim circuit alternates as host venue with the Nurburgring nowadays, and is raced on a vastly different configuration to the historic Hockenheim ring. The long straights through the forest are no more, replaced with a more modern lay-out with emphasis on tighter corners and improved viewing for the fans at trackside. Fernando Alonso is a three-times winner here, including a controversial win in 2010 that saw Felipe Massa ordered to give up the race lead for his team-mate. Last year Sebastian Vettel added a first home Grand Prix victory to his roster at the Nurburgring. Lewis Hamilton is the only other current driver to have won at Hockenheim.
Circuit length 4.57 km
Race distance 306.458 km
2013 winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) – (Race held at Nurburgring)
Race Strategy Briefing
Hockenheim is used for the German Grand Prix every other year, alternating with Nürburgring. The circuit is quite gentle on the tyres, with only one high energy corner, putting some load on the front left. The soft tyre will be 0.8s per lap faster than the medium. It is normally an easy two stop race, but the added complication this year is that the FIA has decided to clamp down on front-rear linked suspension systems which could mean higher tyre use for those teams obliged to take the system off their cars. This will oblige teams to be very careful when evaluating the tyre performance during Friday practice sessions. Rain on Friday would lead to teams going into the race with a lot of unknowns.
In collaboration with James Allen
Race Strategy Report
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2014. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01. Red Bull (18.868s)
02. McLaren (18.916s)
03. Lotus (18.928s)
04. Ferrari (19.032s)
05. Force India (19.514s)
06. Sauber (19.638s)
07. Mercedes (19.710s)
08. Caterham (19.890s)
09. Marussia (20.031s)
10. Williams (20.115s)
11. Toro Rosso (20.251s)
Start league table – after Round 10, Germany
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list
As far as 2014 start performance is concerned drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season, on aggregate as follows; ie taking places lots away from places gained.
+12 Massa, Hulkenberg, Sutil
+9 Räikkönen, Hamilton
-4 Grosjean, Kvyat
-1 Button, Perez, Magnussen
Melbourne notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane
Malaysia notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact