Formula 1 heads for Hockenheim as the German Grand Prix looks to keep the good times rolling after two thrilling race weekends in Austria and Britain.
Lewis Hamilton took a record sixth win at his home race last time out as Silverstone showed us exactly why it deserved that five-year extension.
The Brit and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas battled it out in the opening laps, displaying inch-perfect wheel-to-wheel combat in which Bottas was the early victor.
Behind them Max Verstappen’s ever-present Dutch army roared him on from the stands as he was saw part 2 of his battle with Charles Leclerc, that was until Sebastian Vettel rear-ended him into the gravel.
Will Mercedes remain on top and win their home race for a fourth-consecutive time? Here is all you need to know ahead of a fascinating weekend of action at the German GP.
When is the 2019 German Grand Prix?
The start times for the German Grand Prix are as follows:
Practice 1: Friday July 26, 1100 local time (1000 BST)
Practice 2: Friday July 26, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Practice 3: Saturday July 27, 1200 local time (1100 BST)
Qualifying: Saturday July 27, 1500 local time (1400 BST)
Race: Sunday July 28, 1510 local time (1410 BST)
Where does the German Grand Prix take place?
After finances and failed negotiations scuppered the German GP, the country returned to the Formula 1 calendar in 2018 with the race back at Hockenheim. It used to be the most represented country on the Formula 1 grid but now only Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg call Germany home.
It is, however, the second most successful country when it comes to Drivers’ Champions, having won 11 titles – even if it was just two drivers winning them all – to Britain’s 17.
The 16-corner 4.574km Hockenheim circuit has a maximum elevation of just four metres with the highest point of the track 152m above sea level.
Seating capacity is 120,000 and while in recent years the track has struggled to bring in the fans, the success of 2018’s race allowed a new deal to be agreed for 2019.
Sunday’s race will be run over 67 laps of the 4.574km circuit.
Directions: How do I get to the German Grand Prix?
Whether you are travelling by car, bus or train, Hockenheim is an easy track to get to. Arriving at either Baden-Baden or Memminge airports, fans can stay in the local camping sites or find a hotel in Hockenheim with the circuit located on the outskirts of the city.
Where can I watch the German Grand Prix on TV?
German Grand Prix weekend – including qualifying and the race proper – will be screened live in the UK by pay-TV broadcaster Sky Sports on its dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. You can also access a live stream of the coverage via Now TV. Highlights will be aired by free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4.
Subscribers to F1’s own app can hear radio commentary on the race proper from the BBC and access live data around each session.
PlanetF1 will carry live timing and expert commentary on every session of the race weekend along with all the latest news from the track.
The German Grand Prix will be shown live on TV by the following outlets in other key markets:
United States: ESPN (English), Univision (Spanish)
Canada: RDS (French), TSN (English)
Australia: Fox Sports and Foxtel 4k (no ad breaks)
France: Canal + (pay TV) and TF1 (free-to-air)
Italy: Sky Sport F1
Germany: RTL and Sky Deutschland
Spain: Movistar F1
What is the weather forecast for the German Grand Prix?
Friday July 26: 38C, sunny.
Saturday July 27: 30C, light rain.
Sunday July 28: 29C, rain.
Which drivers have won the German Grand Prix?
The German Grand Prix has a great tradition, having been run 75 times since it’s inception in 1926. German driver Rudolf Carraciola still holds the record for most victories with six in total – between 1926 and 1939.
In more recent times modern greats Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton have both won the German Grand Prix on four occasions. Hamilton was gifted victory in the 2018 race when home favourite Sebastian Vettel made a disastrous error late in the day.
Ferrari dominate the success table for constructors with 22 German Grand Prix victories, with Mercedes a distant second on 11.
Winners in the last 10 years are as follows:
2018: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2017: No race
2016: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2015: No race
2014: Nico Rosberg (Germany, Mercedes)
2013: Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Red Bull)*
2012: Fernando Alonso (Spain, Ferrari)
2011: Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, McLaren)*
2010: Fernando Alonso (Spain, Ferrari)
2009: Mark Webber (Australia, Red Bull)*
* Denotes race held at the Nurburgring.
Track Lap Record: 1:13.780 Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren, 2004)
German Grand Prix grid positions
Mercedes duly converted a glorious opportunity to clinch yet another pole position after both Ferrari cars broke down during Q1 and Q3 respectively. Max Verstappen was able to prevent the Silver Arrows from locking out the front row. Grid positions are as follows:
1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain, Mercedes)
2. Max Verstappen (Belgium, Red Bull)
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland, Mercedes)
4. Pierre Gasly (France, Red Bull)
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, Alfa Romeo)
6. Romain Grosjean (France, Haas)
7. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain, McLaren)
8. Sergio Perez (Mexico, Racing Point)
9. Nico Hulkenberg (Germany, Renault)
10. Charles Leclerc (Monaco, Ferrari)
11. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy, Alfa Romeo)
12. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark, Haas)
13. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia, Renault)
14. Daniil Kvyat (Russia, Toro Rosso)
15. Lance Stroll (Canada, Racing Point)
16. Alexander Albon (Thailand, Toro Rosso
17. George Russell (Great Britain, Williams)
18. Robert Kubica (Poland, Williams)
19 Lando Norris (Great Britain, McLaren)*
20. Sebastian Vettel (Germany, Ferrari)
What are the odds for the German Grand Prix?
Unsurprisingly Lewis Hamilton is hot favourite for yet another victory in Germany. Leading odds for the German Grand Prix from Bet365 are as follows:
8/15 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5/2 Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
15/2 Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
8/1 Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
20/1 Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
(Prices correct at 1200 BST on Sunday July 28)
What are the latest F1 Championship standings?
The leaders in the race for the driver and constructor titles heading into the German Grand Prix are as follows:
Lewis Hamilton – 223 points
Valtteri Bottas – 184 points
Max Verstappen – 136 points
Sebastian Vettel – 123 points
Charles Leclerc – 120 points
Mercedes – 407 points
Ferrari – 243 points
Red Bull – 191 points
Tyre compounds for the German Grand Prix
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F1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli will bring the white hard C2 tyre to the German Grand Prix along with the yellow medium C3 and the red soft C4. Their compound set ranges from C1 (the hardest) to C5 (the softest).
What is F1’s rule on bonus points?
F1 made the decision to award a bonus point in every race of the 2019 season if certain criteria are met.
The bonus point will be awarded to the driver who completes the fastest lap in the race, as long as that driver also finishes in the top 10. The driver’s team will also score a bonus point in the constructors’ standings in that case.
This means there are up to 21 extra points available for the 2019 championship.