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Old 18th July 2010, 16:33   #1
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Default 2010 F1 Germany - Hockenheimring

Home ground for the Mercedes GP Team and all the German Drivers Schumi / Nico / Sutil / Vettel / Hulkenberg / S Beumi. This will be the home race

Fri 23 July 2010
Practice 1 13:30 - 15:00
Practice 2 17:30 - 19:00

Sat 24 July 2010
Practice 3 14:30 - 15:30

Qualifying 17:30

Sun 25 July 2010
Race 17:30

What would the predictions for this race be.

We all know Red Bulls are untouchables , except themselves

How would all the above German drivers fare?
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Old 18th July 2010, 17:28   #2
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My prediction:
1.Hamilton
2.Vettel
3.Webber
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Old 18th July 2010, 18:41   #3
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Unless it rains, it should be another RedBull pole and win. Hamilton should be the next best.

Either Webber or Vettel will win with Hamilton second and other RedBull third. Watch out for Mercedes GP, they might botch up Schumacher's strategy again.

Btw, Buemi is a Swiss, not German.
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Old 18th July 2010, 21:03   #4
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Ferrari should be strong here. The track doesn't have any high speed corners and Ferrari has good mechanical grip to get out of slow corners. I am tipping Alonso to be on the podium or maybe even a win. But it would also depend on what McLaren have for the GP.

Should their diffuser work well, Alonso's task will be more difficult.

Schumacher wouldn't have a better place to prove that he is competitive and beat Rosberg or the atleast the Renaults if Mercedes get their car right.
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Old 19th July 2010, 13:20   #5
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Webber won here last year , a win which was despite a drive through penalty I think . He should be dominant again .

Its Vettel's home GP so he should be charged up as well , I hope he can make some ground in the drivers championship , a win would be perfect!

I hope Christian Horner , Hemut Marko and Adrain Newey can keep things cool in the team .

Its Mercedes Home GP and also of their drivers but I dont think they can perform magic and get a victory out of the blue . Schumi and Nico can at best hope for a podium .Unless it rains or FIA find a mad time to get the saftey car in that is.

Mclaren would be confident and potentially dominant as they would have got enough time to sort out the blown diffuser . Their drivers are in brilliant form and victory looks eminent .

Ferrari have been mysterious . They seem to have a good car but results elude them . Alonso/Massa might spring a surprise I guess .

Sad to see Karun Chandok out .
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My bet is on Rosberg!
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Old 19th July 2010, 19:06   #7
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My bet is on Rosberg!
Something Formula1 has to say about the Mercedes GP team

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The story so far - Mercedes GP’s mid-season report

On paper it was a dream team - the clout of Mercedes backing, the technical and managerial genius of Ross Brawn, the young driving talent of Nico Rosberg and the living legend that is Michael Schumacher. With such expectation, anything less than perfection would have been disappointing, and the reality of Mercedes GP’s first season has been far from perfect. While fourth in the championship standings isn’t bad going for a ‘newcomer’, and there are still positives aplenty, they have less than half the points of leading team McLaren and have little hope of retaining their Brawn-won titles of 2009. Ouch! Here’s the story of their campaign so far…

Mercedes GP
World championship points: 126
Best qualifying result: 2nd (x1)
Best race result: 3rd (x3)

It was all so exciting. Long-term McLaren partners, Mercedes, buy out 2009 title-winning Brawn GP and promptly sign Rosberg from Williams. Then came the announcement that seven-time world champion Schumacher was to come out of retirement to join the team. Expectations for the German team swiftly mushroomed - for Formula One fans it was a tantalising prospect; and for Germany, one of their greatest car manufacturers joining forces with their prized F1 prodigy was thrilling. Surely securing another set of championships would just be a formality? Not so, it seems. Having seemingly underestimated the time it would take for Schumacher to reacclimatise to F1, the strength of their rivals, and how much their ’09 title fight had distracted from their 2010 preparations, the team - and its legion of fans - were in for frustration. The biggest blow would be hard to pin down, but it would be fair to say that seeing qualifying-king Schumacher down in 15th on the Valencia grid smarted, especially as it was on the back of a heavily-upgraded car, which came after Brawn admitted they had initially got their weight-distribution calculations wrong. Of course there have been successes, most notably Rosberg’s podium finishes in Malaysia, China and Great Britain, and his second-place grid slot at Sepang. Plus it’s worth remembering that the team are trying. They are continually upgrading the MGP W01, it’s just that there is something holding the car - and thus its talented drivers - back. Some question whether it’s the same tyre warm-up issue that afflicted the Brawn during the later stages of 2009. Whatever the stumbling block, there will come a time when they must pragmatically call it a day on their 2010 car and focus on their 2011 challenger. When they do, the rest of the grid had better watch out - remember what they achieved (in their previous guise of Brawn) last year after writing off their 2008 season early.

Battle of the team mates - Nico Rosberg v Michael Schumacher
Qualifying: Rosberg (8-2)
Race: Rosberg (8-2) - Schumacher retired in Malaysia
Points: Rosberg 90, Schumacher 36

Schumacher’s struggles, and Rosberg’s achievements, have been well-documented and just a cursory glance at their statistics from this season speaks volumes. It’s certainly been tougher to climb back on the saddle, and get the most from a car that doesn’t seem to suit his driving style, than the seven-time champion ever expected. And while he seems remarkably chipper for one under such pressure, the frustration must prey on him. That’s not to say we haven’t had fleeting glimpses of past glories. For example, at May’s Spanish Grand Prix, when he finished fourth after fighting his way through the field, he looked back in rude health. Rosberg, meanwhile, has also endured some disappointing performances, although it’s fair to say they don’t come close to those of his team mate’s. The younger German has had the added boon of a car that suits him better, and the confidence boost that goes hand in hand with beating one of the sport’s greatest drivers whenever he gets the better of Schumacher. But don’t rule out Rosberg or Schumacher clinching a victory or two over the remainder of the season - if fate is on their side, they have the talent to capitalise on the flaws of their competitors. An eighth crown for Schumacher may now look impossible (in 2010 at least), but if there’s one thing he’s still got from the old days it’s his bullet-proof determination.

In summary - with 387 points theoretically up for grabs they are still very much in contention for the title. But with a world of work left to bring the MGP W01 closer to its rivals - and indeed its championship winning Brawn predecessor - is it time for the team to shelve their 2010 campaign and focus on 2011?
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Lot of rain is predicted for friday and saturday . Should spice up things in qualifying .
Mclaren might have trouble testing their blown diffuser .
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Rain is predicted for the weekend.
1. Hamilton
2. Button
3. Alonso

I wish they had the old mickey mouse circuit. I am not sure how much of an effect a blown diffuser will have on cars performance when its wet.
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Old 23rd July 2010, 13:19   #10
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Should be a good race, with a fast track, the super soft compound bridgestones will have some impact on the pit stops, and the rains.

the podium has the possibility of a RB, Mclaren, Ferrari or MGP.
Let the five lights go off now
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Old 23rd July 2010, 15:11   #11
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I know it is early days and rain also intervening but its nice to see Force India on top

1 Adrian Sutil GER 14 Force India 1'25.701 20 in pits
2 Felipe Massa BRA 7 Ferrari 1'26.850 27 in pits
3 Jenson Button GBR 1 McLaren 1'26.936 16 in pits
4 Rubens Barrichello BRA 9 Williams 1'26.947 21 in pits
5 Vitaly Petrov RUS 12 Renault 1'26.948 21 in pits
6 Nico Rosberg GER 4 Mercedes 1'27.448 20 in pits
7 Sébastien Buemi SUI 16 Toro Rosso 1'28.114 31 in pits
8 Nico Hülkenberg GER 10 Williams 1'28.193 24 in pits
9 Tonio Liuzzi ITA 15 Force India 1'28.300 19 in pits
10 Pedro de la Rosa ESP 22 BMW Sauber 1'28.486 23 in pits
11 Sebastian Vettel GER 5 Red Bull 1'28.735 21 in pits
12 Timo Glock GER 24 Virgin 1'28.735 21 in pits
13 Robert Kubica POL 11 Renault 1'28.903 20 in pits
14 Mark Webber AUS 6 Red Bull 1'29.048 13 in pits
15 Jarno Trulli ITA 18 Lotus 1'29.280 17 in pits
16 Jaime Alguersuari ESP 17 Toro Rosso 1'29.366 34 in pits
17 Lewis Hamilton GBR 2 McLaren 1'29.429 8 in pits
18 Lucas di Grassi BRA 25 Virgin 1'29.500 19 in pits
19 Fernando Alonso ESP 8 Ferrari 1'29.684 15 in pits
20 Kamui Kobayashi JPN 23 BMW Sauber 1'29.690 17 in pits
21 Fairuz Fauzy MAS 19 Lotus 1'30.938 27 in pits
22 Bruno Senna BRA 21 HRT F1 1'31.720 23 in pits
23 Michael Schumacher GER 3 Mercedes 1'32.450 13 in pits
24 Sakon Yamamoto
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IMHO, any of the 3 between Hamilton, Webber and Vettel can win. My money is on Webber, but my heart says Hamilton.
Alonso was unlucky, and me feels Ferrari is losing out on strategy this season. If McLaren can address their issues, Hamilton has a very good chance.
Hope Schumi can surprise as well. Will make for an exciting race if it continues to rain.
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Old 23rd July 2010, 15:57   #13
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Hamilton has crashed in first practise and ruined his car. I'm not sure if it will be ready today. Sutil topped the practise while Schumi finished second last as he ran on full wets on his last run while everyone was on inters. Seems like he had a problem in the rear wing.
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Old 23rd July 2010, 20:09   #14
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I know it is early days and rain also intervening but its nice to see Force India on top

1 Adrian Sutil GER 14 Force India 1'25.701 20 in pits
2 Felipe Massa BRA 7 Ferrari 1'26.850 27 in pits
3 Jenson Button GBR 1 McLaren 1'26.936 16 in pits
4 Rubens Barrichello BRA 9 Williams 1'26.947 21 in pits
5 Vitaly Petrov RUS 12 Renault 1'26.948 21 in pits
6 Nico Rosberg GER 4 Mercedes 1'27.448 20 in pits
7 Sébastien Buemi SUI 16 Toro Rosso 1'28.114 31 in pits
8 Nico Hülkenberg GER 10 Williams 1'28.193 24 in pits
9 Tonio Liuzzi ITA 15 Force India 1'28.300 19 in pits
10 Pedro de la Rosa ESP 22 BMW Sauber 1'28.486 23 in pits
11 Sebastian Vettel GER 5 Red Bull 1'28.735 21 in pits
12 Timo Glock GER 24 Virgin 1'28.735 21 in pits
13 Robert Kubica POL 11 Renault 1'28.903 20 in pits
14 Mark Webber AUS 6 Red Bull 1'29.048 13 in pits
15 Jarno Trulli ITA 18 Lotus 1'29.280 17 in pits
16 Jaime Alguersuari ESP 17 Toro Rosso 1'29.366 34 in pits
17 Lewis Hamilton GBR 2 McLaren 1'29.429 8 in pits
18 Lucas di Grassi BRA 25 Virgin 1'29.500 19 in pits
19 Fernando Alonso ESP 8 Ferrari 1'29.684 15 in pits
20 Kamui Kobayashi JPN 23 BMW Sauber 1'29.690 17 in pits
21 Fairuz Fauzy MAS 19 Lotus 1'30.938 27 in pits
22 Bruno Senna BRA 21 HRT F1 1'31.720 23 in pits
23 Michael Schumacher GER 3 Mercedes 1'32.450 13 in pits
24 Sakon Yamamoto
Normalcy restored in Practice Two- Sutil 14th, Liuzzi 16th
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Normalcy restored in Practice Two- Sutil 14th, Liuzzi 16th

Sutil and liuzzi set their times much earlier in the session; that's why one can see their times being so much away from the best laps
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