F1 German Grand Prix Next – Lewis Hamilton Set to Pad Points Lead
The Formula 1 Series is in Hockenheim this weekend for the German Grand Prix, and British driver Lewis Hamilton will be seeking to continue his three-race winning streak over the ever-powerful field of F1 competitors. It looks like he’s got his work cut out for him, though, with teammate Nico Rosberg so far setting fast times in practice. Rosberg, with five wins on the season (matching Hamilton’s season total) dominated today’s practice, leading Hamilton by .326 seconds and third place Sebastian Vettel by more than a full second.
Hamilton and Rosberg (left in photo), piloting Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows, have been the the class of the 2016 Formula 1 season, capturing 10 of the 11 races. In 2015, the pair combined to win 16 of the 19 events on the schedule (Hamilton winning 10 to Rosberg’s six). Hamilton, of course went on to win the 2015 Formula One World Championship, the third championship in his nine-year F1 career. His 5-win season has him closing in on second place on the all-time F1 win list with 48 to Alain Prost’s 52. All-time win leader in F1 is Michael Schumacher with 91, so that mark appears safe for at least a few years. But Hamilton is only 31 years old, so at this pace reaching the top is not out of the question.
The German Grand Prix is the 11th stop on the 2016 F1 tour, returning to Hockenheim after a one-year absence. Last year’s event was removed from the schedule following a location dispute between the Nürburgring and Hockenheim venues. In 2014, Nico Rosberg (see GimmeInfo’s earlier post for more background on Rosberg) won the event by a full 20 seconds over Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton finishing third. The Hockenheim venue is in the Rhine valley near the town of Hockenheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and has been in operation since 1932. In its present F1 configuration, the racing circuit is 2.842 miles in length, with 17 turns on a generally flat surface. The current lap speed record is 1:13.780 set by Kimi Räikkönen in 2004.