2019 Formula 1 German Grand Prix Preview

Formula 1 heads to Hockenheim this weekend for the eleventh round of the season as Lewis Hamilton leads the championship by thirty eight points from his teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

The top six drivers

Valtteri Bottas heads to the German Grand Prix having lost further ground to his teammate in the championship and will need to at the very least beat Lewis Hamilton this weekend, and at the very most hope for a big points swing in the Finn’s favour if he still has designs on winning the 2019 Drivers’ Championship.

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Sebastian Vettel returns to Hockenheim where he made one of his most high profile errors in last season’s Grand Prix, crashing on his own while leading the race. He also enters the weekend with media once again highlighting the mistakes he makes during races as he crashed into the back of Max Verstappen in the previous Grand Prix in Britain.

Vettel’s teammate however, Charles Leclerc, enters the German Grand Prix having continued his podium finishing run, claiming another third place finish at Silverstone. This takes Leclerc’s podium run to four consecutive races.

The midfield

The form midfield team going into this weekend is McLaren with one of their cars having finished sixth in the last three races. One of their drivers, Carlos Sainz, enters the German Grand Prix on a three race point scoring streak.

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Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen is in a similar vain of form having also finished in point scoring positions in the last three races.

While at Renault the team enter the weekend off the back of scoring their second double points finish of the season after Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh and Nico Hulkenberg finished tenth at Silverstone.

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There are two teams in particular within the midfield who could do with a point scoring weekend. Them being Racing Point and Haas F1 Team.

Racing Point enter the weekend having failed to score points in the last three rounds, leaving them in seventh in the constructors’ standings.

Haas meanwhile find themselves in a worse run of form, having failed to score points in the last four races, leaving them in ninth in the constructors’ standings with only Williams below them.

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