F1 Racing Returns to Nürburgring

by F1Fan on July 5, 2009

Next week Formula One returns to Nürburgring for the first time since since 2007, recently the German Grand Prix has been alternating between Nürburgring and Hockenheim with Hockenheim hosting last year.

Each Grand Prix is important, but the German Grand Prix will be specially important for  the teams and drivers on many levels.

Many of the teams and drivers want to do well in front of their home race fans. No fewer than 5 of the drivers have German Nationality, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Timo Glock, Nick Heidfeld and Adrain Sutil. BMW claims this Grand Prix as their home race, Toyota is based in Cologne and will no doubt have many local fans and employees in attendance and Brawn, McLaren, Force India all use the Mercedes F1 Engines.

Throughout the Championship Teams and Drivers will be looking to improve, Brawn GP will be trying out new modifications to their car that they elected not to use at Silverstone and will be hoping for warmer conditions, Brawn need to regain the apparent performance advantage lost to Red Bull Racing, with Red Bull’s introduction of the improved RB5 during the Silverstone weekend.

Sebastian Vettel on the other hand will be hoping that the RB5’s qualifying and race pace remains the class of the field so that he can win his first German Grand Prix in front of his own countryman and further close the points gap to Championship leader Jenson Button.

BMW and Nick Heidfeld will be pulling out all the stops in order to regain some of last years performance, Mario Theissen, BMW Motorosport Director hinted that he hopes to make a significant improvment in performance next weekend “We are all absolutely determined to start moving forwards again and I expect us to experience an upturn in form. It is certainly not easy to make up lost ground without the chance to do any testing, but that is what we’re aiming to do. We are bringing a series of mechanical improvements to the Eifel mountains (Nürburgring), as well as a further developed version of our double-decker diffuser.”

Rosberg and Glock are currently locked in a close battle being  7th and 8th in the Drivers Championship, and Adrian Sutil would no doubt love to put some Points on the board in front of his home crowd.

With the location of Nürburgring in the Eifel region weather can be unpredictable. The last Grand Pix held at Nürburgring suffered a typical Eifel cloudburst, when a sunny Sunday morning was followed by heavy rain during the race, resulting in conditions that caused may cars to loose control, completely changing the race results and ending Lewis Hamilton’s rookie season run of nine consecutive podium finishes.

It, will be interesting to see in Friday Practice and Saturday Qualifying which teams will have succeeded in improving their cars over the summer break.

Don’t forget to set your DVR’s.

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