German Grand Prix: Home comforts or more heartache for Sebastian Vettel?


Sebastian Vettel will be hoping for home comforts when Formula 1 heads to Germany this weekend, but will need to improve his record there if he is to get his season back on track.

The Ferrari driver crashed out of the British Grand Prix last time out after running into the back of Max Verstappen's Red Bull.

Rival Lewis Hamilton went on to win his home race - his sixth win there.

By contrast, Vettel has won the German GP just once before.

That was back in 2013, when he was driving for Red Bull.

Last year, Vettel started the race on pole but crashed out from the lead. It was a race that also appeared to signal the start of a catalogue of race-costing errors he has made over the last 12 months.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory at the 2018 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
Can Lewis Hamilton repeat last year's victory in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim?

Vettel is 100 points behind drivers' championship leader Hamilton, who has backed Vettel to rediscover his form.

"I absolutely believe he'll rebound," the 34-year-old Briton said. "You look at the greats playing tennis and he is one of those [in F1]. He's had a difficult race, but he's a four-time world champion.

"He will recover. He will redeem himself if he feels he needs to, and he will come back stronger the next race. That's what great athletes do."

What's the form guide before the race?

Mercedes have unveiled their one-off commemorative livery for the race in Germany. The team is celebrating 125 years involvement in motorsport and also their 200th F1 start as a manufacturer team

It is almost a year since 32-year-old Vettel, who has slipped to fourth in the championship, last won a race.

That was at the Belgian Grand Prix on 26 August when he beat pole sitter Hamilton to victory.

Hamilton heads to Germany this weekend looking to claim a sixth win in his last seven races and increase his drivers' championship lead, which stands at 39 points.

Hamilton is the most successful current driver in Germany with four wins. No other active driver has won the race more than once.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, will be hoping to convert a run of podium finishes into a first career victory. He has finished in the top three in each of the last four races.

Fast, Faster, Fastest

Pirelli tyre choice
Tyre choice available at Hockenheim

What have the drivers been up to since the British GP?

Lando Norris
Lando Norris had fun with the app that can age people's faces last week. He posted this image of himself and Carlos Sainz as they might look in their older years along with the caption: "The kids these days just don't understand what it was like back in our day."
Charles Leclerc has enjoyed a mini-break with friends
Charles Leclerc has enjoyed a mini-break with friends
Valterri Bottas and his dog
Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas and his dog have been getting away from it all

Coverage details

From 26 to 28 July BBC Sport has live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race across the BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra, plus live digital coverage on the BBC Sport website and app - including audience interaction, expert analysis, debate, voting, features, interviews and audio content.

You can follow all the action and the latest news on the BBC Sport F1 page and via the BBC Sport app, and catch up with analysis and interviews with the BBC Radio 5 Live Chequered Flag podcast.

German Grand Prix coverage details (all times BST)
DateSessionTimeRadio coverageOnline text commentary
Thursday, 25 JulyPreview19:30-20:30 - Download here once the programme has airedBBC Radio 5 Live
Friday, 26 JulyFirst practice10:00-11:30BBC Sport onlineFrom 09:30
Second practice14:00-15:30BBC Sport onlineFrom 13:30
Saturday, 27 JulyFinal practice11:00-12:00BBC Sport onlineFrom 10:30
Qualifying14:00-15:05BBC Radio 5 LiveFrom 13:00
Sunday, 28 JulyRace14:10-16:00BBC Radio 5 LiveFrom 12:30
Chequered Flag podcast: German Grand Prix review - download here once the race has finished

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