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Formula One Germany Preview

Formula One Germany Preview

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Check out the FIA's preview for the Formula One race in Germany.
Check out the FIA's preview for the Formula One race in Germany.

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Race Preview 
2013 GERMAN GRAND PRIX
 05
 –
07 JULY 2013
Just days after an exciting and incident-strewn British Grand Prix at Silverstone,Formula One heads high into the Eiffel. The
eams will regroup at another of the sport’s
ancestral homes with F1 resuming at theNürburgring and the German Grand Prix
 –
round nine of the 2013 FIA F1 WorldChampionship.Opened in 1984, the Nürburgring Grand Prix
circuit doesn’t present quite the challenge
offered by the revered Nürburgring-Nordschleife but over the years it hasproved itself to be a stern examination of aFormula One car and its driver. The narrow,lowing circuit demands a compromise inset-up: the twisty, low-speed first sector contrasts the high-speeds reached later inhe lap, while the chicanes demand softsuspension to allow drivers to really attackhe kerbs.rue form ahead of the race is difficult topredict given that the German Grand Prixcomes after a series of atypical circuits andin the case of Silverstone
 –
an atypicalrace. That the Nürburgring demands a littlebit of everything frequently ensures it is arace that finds out any weaknesses in theechnical package. Car performance can berendered less-relevant, however, by the
CIRCUIT DATA
 Nürburgring
 –
GP CircuitLength of lap:
 5.148km
Lap record:
 1:29.468
(Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
 
Start line/finish line offset:
 0.257km
Total number of race laps:
 60
Total race distance:
 308.623km
Pitlane speed limits:
 60km/h during practice.100km/h during qualifying and therace
Changes to the circuit since 2011
The circuit is fundamentallyunchanged since 2011.
 DRS Zone
There will be two DRS zones inGermany. The first is situated
 
stormy weather that often afflicts the regionthough the forecast is currently predictinga dry German Grand Prix. After 14 consecutive scoring finishes,
Sebastian Vettel’s race
-ending gearboxmalfunction denied the World Champion alikely 25 points at Silverstone. His failure toscore, combined with a gutsy drive to third
rom Fernando Alonso sees the Drivers’
Championship battle intensify, with Vettel(132), having his lead over Alonso (111) cuto just 21 points. Meanwhile, in the
Constructors’ table, Mercedes (171) has
moved ahead of Ferrari (168) and is closingon championship leaders Red Bull Racing(219).
between turns 11 and 13 (The NGKChicane) with a detection point 45mbefore turn 10 and an activation point55m after turn 11. The second islocated on the start-finish straightwith a detection point 40m beforeturn 15 and an activation point 135mafter turn 15.
German GP 
 
Fast Facts 
The GP Circuit at theNürburgring has held grands prixunder three different names: in1984, 1995-96, 1999-2007 ithosted the Grand Prix of Europe;in 1985, 2009 and 2011 theGerman Grand Prix and 1997-98he Grand Prix of Luxembourg.
► Johnny Herbert’s final F1
ictory came at the Nürburgring in1999. It was the first and only winor Stewart Grand Prix. After being sold to Jaguar and thenRed Bull Racing it won at thecircuit again in 2009. That victory
as Mark Webber’s first in F1.
 
► Triple World Champion
Sebastian Vettel has a rare blindspot when it comes to his homerace. He has yet to win a GermanGrand Prix. He also has yet to winin Hungary and the United States.t the season start Canada washe only other race on that list,and Vettel won that comfortably inune.
Finishing fifth in the BritishGrand Prix last week establisheda new record for Kimi Räikkönen.The Finn has now scored pointsin 25 consecutive races, beatingthe 24-race run MichaelSchumacher set between theHungarian Grand Prix of 2001and the Malaysian Grand Prix of 
2003. Räikkönen’s last failure to
score was the Chinese GrandPrix of 2012. It is his only failuresince coming back into F1. Hisrecord, however, has been set inan era where points are awarded
down to tenth. Schumacher’s
sequence started with points tosixth, and finished with points toeighth.
► Ferrari have an impressive
German Grand Prix record with amighty 21 victories, well ahead of nine wins for Williams and eightfor McLaren. Perhaps
surprisingly, Ferrari’s longest
winning sequence was threeconsecutive races between 1951-53: two for Alberto Ascari followedby a final F1 victory for NinoFarina.
Michael Schumacher, with four,has the most German Grand Prixwins of any driver in the F1 World
Championship era. Schumacher’s
victory in 1995 was the first for aGerman national at his homegrand prix since Rudolf 
Caracciola’s final
win. Caracciolawon the German Grand Prix sixtimes between 1926-1939. Five of 
Caracciola’s wins came on the
Nordschleife. The first, however,was on the AVUS circuit.
► In the World Championship
era, the race was held at AVUS in1959. That apart, the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (1951-54, 1956-58,1961-69, 1971-76), Hockenheim(1970, 1977-84, 1986-06, 2008,2010, 2012) and the NürburgringGP Circuit (1985, 2009, 2011) arethe only circuits to host theFormula One WorldChampionship German GrandPrix. In 1950 and 1960 theGerman Grand Prix was aFormula 2 race (the latter held onthe Nürburgring-Sudschleifecircuit), and there was no race in1955, following the Le Mansdisaster. Officially there was noGerman Grand Prix in 2007. Thiswas the first year of the racebeing alternated betweenHockenheim and the Nürburgringand for legal reasons it retainedits former title as the Grand Prix of Europe.
German GP Race StewardsBiographies
LARS ÖSTERLIND
FIA WORLD COUNCIL MEMBER; HONORARY PRESIDENT OFHE SWEDISH AUTOMOBILE SPORT FEDERATION
Swede Lars Österlind is a highly experienced FIA steward who hasofficiated at more than 100 grands prix and a similar number of WorldRally Championship rounds. A social sciences graduate and lifelongmotor sport enthusiast, Österlind was President of the Swedish RallyCommission from 1978-1982, then President of the Swedishutomobile Sport Federation from 1982-1996. He became HonoraryPresident in 1996 and has been a member of the FIA World Councilsince 1984. Outside motor sport Österlind has specialised inmanagement, working as a consultant and pursuing his own businessinterests. He is also experienced in local government at city council

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