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The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:20 pm

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 12th round of the 2016 season taking place in Hockenheim between the 29th and 31st of July.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Germany click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for Germany close at the start of Saturday practice

The event timetable for the German Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 10:00 local time - 08:00 GMT
2nd Practice 14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 11:00 local time - 09:00 GMT
Qualifying 14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 14:00 local time - 12:00 GMT

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:41 pm

This weekend will be a race of pride. At home in Germany, no-one will get near the Mercedes duo. The big question is 'Will Nico finish ahead of Lewis?' Time will tell

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Tim » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:39 pm

It must be said that the momentum is with Lewis, he managed to get back into the championship fight so quickly. The pressure has to be on Nico and going by the past 2 years, it will be very difficult for him.
Nico has to win in Germany going into the summer break

And I agree they will be alone at the front!

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Ed » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:09 pm

1st Free Practice:

Rosberg quickest with a 1:15.517 from Hamilton (+0.326), Vettel (+1.150), Raikkonen (+1.335), Verstappen (+1.410), Ricciardo (+1.572), Alonso (+1.666), Button (+2.095), Kvyat (+2.491) & Sainz (+2.527).

Ericsson, Bottas, Massa, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Perez, Leclerc (Haas test driver), Magnussen, Nasr, Ocon (Renault test driver), Haryanto and Wehrlein make the rest of the field.

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Ed » Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:52 pm

2nd Free Practice:

Rosberg quickest with a 1:15.614 from Hamilton (+0.394), Vettel (+0.594), Verstappen (+0.842), Ricciardo (+0.876), Raikkonen (+0.898), Hulkenberg (+1.167), Button (+1.473), Perez (+1.534) & Alonso (+1.611).

Sainz, Kvyat, Bottas, Grosjean, Massa, Gutierrez, Magnussen, Ericsson, Wehrlein, Palmer, Haryanto and Nasr make the rest of the field.

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Ed » Sat Jul 30, 2016 8:25 pm

3rd Free Practice:

Rosberg quickest with a 1:15.738 from Hamilton (+0.057), Ricciardo (+0.099), Raikkonen (+0.164), Vettel (+0.366), Verstappen (+0.444), Bottas (+0.662), Massa (+0.892), Alonso (+1.178) & Hulkenberg (+1.234)

Sainz, Gutierrez, Kvyat, Perez, Magnussen, Palmer, Ericsson, Nasr, Button, Wehrlein, Haryanto and Grosjean make the rest of the field.

Bottas covered the most number of laps with 28 followed by Massa with 26. Grosjean only managed 4 laps while Button only managed 6 laps. Grosjean does have a gearbox issue and will have a 5 place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

While the times at the top are very close, it appears that Mercedes didn't really push. Pole will be a fight between Rosberg and Hamilton while the 2 Red Bull and 2 Ferrari drivers will fight for the positions behind.

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Ed » Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:14 pm

Qualifying

Rosberg on Pole with a 1:14.363 from Hamilton (+0.107), Ricciardo (+0.363), Verstappen (+0.471), Raikkonen (+0.779), Vettel (+0.952), Hulkenberg (+1.147), Bottas (+1.167), Perez (+1.174) & Massa (+1.252)

Knocked out of Q2: Gutierrez, Button, Sainz, Alonso, Grosjean and Palmer (Hamilton quickest) ‬

Knocked out of Q1: Magnussen, Wehrlein, Kvyat, Haryanto, Nasr and Ericsson (Hamilton quickest) ‪

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Tim » Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:26 pm

Seems Nico is determined to head into the summer break leading the championship. What surprised me was Red Bull being pretty close to Mercedes! I still don't think Red Bull would be able to keep up with the Mercs although if Ricciardo gets a good start, it could make things interesting.

Ferrari are slipping behind, one this track they should have been ahead of Red Bull, the confirmation that Allison has left shows that they are in crisis and I think they will end up behind Red Bull for most of the remaining races. Their fight with Red Bull though will be interesting as this is the team Vettel left in frustration, 2 years later that team is beating him!

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Ed » Sun Jul 31, 2016 11:51 pm

Hamilton wins from Ricciardo (+6.996), Verstappen (+13.413), Rosberg (+15.845), Vettel (+32.570), Raikkonen (+37.023), Hulkenberg (+70.049), Button (+1 lap), Bottas (+1 lap) & Perez (+1 lap)

Gutierrez, Alonso, Grosjean, Sainz, Kvyat, Magnussen, Wehrlein, Ericsson, Palmer and Haryanto make the rest of the field.

Retirements: Nasr, Massa

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:00 am

Well, that was a pretty exciting race. Hamilton wins the start and controls from the front. The first corner, with Verstappen going around the outside of Ricciardo, was something to be seen. Verstappen, to his credit, lifted a little on the straight to not affect Riccardo's race. He may have expected that he would get the spot back later in the race but that was not to be. And Rosberg, after buzzing the tyres during his start, just never really recovered.

Well, that was the German GP. Now off to the summer break for the drivers who need to get their heads back together and for the rest to try to work out just how to get closer to those Mercedes factory cars.

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by Tim » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:27 pm

Pleasantly surprised with the pace of the Red Bull .... Even Christian Horner was :shock: :shock:

Hamilton won the race at the start .... He deserved it.

My driver of the day was Ricciardo, that is the Ricciardo I like to watch, he reminded me when he beat Vettel at Red Bull two years ago. Other notables to me were Hulkenberg and Button. It was also good to see Alonso passing another car! When was the last time that happened ... such a waste not to be at the pointy edge.

I felt sorry for Rosberg though, it seems that everything is going against him. He didn't deserve that penalty particularly against Verstappen who has pushed the rules more than once. Then to take that penalty of 5 seconds to turn out to be more like 8 seconds! What was that about ? And Paddy's explanation later was equally shocking! F1 teams go to the nth degree to be ultra efficient, how could a team even allow 1 second to be given away as a 'safety' factor. That was just BS

After 4 races in a month we have a month with no races .... It is going to be tough!!

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Re: The 2016 German GP Thread

Post by cmlean » Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:29 pm

I am giving my Driver of the Day vote to Ricciardo.
His pace on his second set of Super Softs allowed him to catch and pass young Max and then he continually harassed Hamilton all the way to the flag.

Next best would have to be Button in the still underpowered McLaren.

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