German Grand Prix: Track Analysis

Hallo und herzlich willkommen zum Großen Preis Santander von Deutschland! Round ten of the 2014 season takes us to Germany, and the Hockenheimring. The 4.574km circuit is designed to encourage racing with two sequential DRS zones, though some of the hottest track temperatures adds an element of unpredictability to the weekend. Track temperatures so far over the weekend have been 55°c putting pressure on the tyre management, especially the super soft compound tyres. The Hockenheimring is a fast flowing circuit, with drivers at full throttle for two thirds of a lap and pushing 330km/h.  Superior balance, and tyre management are key for this weekend. Overheating is another issue to watch for, as Kobayashi will testify to after turning his CT05 into a BBQ in FP2. The curve into turn 6 is full throttle and designed for slipstreaming for overtaking into turn 7. Turn 8 offers another opportunity for overtaking, as drivers can come up side-by-side into the corner, making the move stick on the exit. The track narrows considerably at turn 10. Turns 15 and 16, are (in the words of Lotus F1) squiggly*. Since the last round, the front rear interconnected suspension system (FRIC) has been banned along the Paddock. This has translated in to visibility rogue cars on track, as can be seen with running wide at turns 1 and 8. Alternating with the Nurburgring to, the Hockenheimring is a demanding circuit, though is missing somehow that true race-track feel.

– Alex

* Love when technical terms are used

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