The 11th race on the 2018 Formula One calendar gets underway from the Hockenheimring on Sunday, and after a two week break, there’s plenty to discuss.
Celebrating its 77th running, the German Grand Prix has been one of the more highly anticipated races of the year, following last seasons absence on the F1 calendar.
As far as favourites go, 2013’s winner Sebastian Vettel leads the way, followed closely by Lewis Hamilton on the back of his disappointment during the British Grand Prix a fortnight ago.
Can Vettel distance himself atop the drivers standings? Or will Hamilton close the gap and win his fourth race of the season?
Check out our entire 2018 German Grand Prix Preview below for all of our top tips!
Best Bet – Sebastian Vettel to Win @ $2.50
Ferrari far and away have the better car at the moment, and with plenty of home crowd support, Vettel figures to be in the running right up until the chequered flag.
History also says Ferrari have the better chance ahead of the weekend – Scuderia have won 11 German Grand Prix’s on the Hockenheim track in their 21 attempts.
Since Vettel is yet to stand atop the podium following a race on this track (2013’s win came at the Nurburgring) , the 31-year old is more than due. His resounding win at Silverstone two weeks ago was easily Vettel’s best drive in recent memory, and if he can handle what is expected to be wet and rainy conditions during qualifying, Vettel should find himself in a great position to win his second German Grand Prix.
Best Value – Fernando Alonso Top 6 Finish @ $7.00
It’s been a while in between drinks for Fernando Alonso. His last pole position came during the 2012 German Grand Prix for Ferrari, and although the Spaniard is little chance of achieving the same result this weekend, Alonso’s record on this track speaks for itself.
If Alonso was to somehow pull off the unthinkable and cross the finish line in first, he’d join Michael Schumacher and Rudolf Caracciola as the only drivers to have won four or more German Grand Prix’s – a title Lewis Hamilton is also gunning for.
Since that’s unlikely to happen, given Alonso has won two of the last four races on this Hockenheim track, he’s at the very least a great chance to finish inside the Top 6 on Sunday.
Podium Finish – Valtteri Bottas @ $2.10
Mercedes’ record on this track speaks for itself. With Lewis Hamilton winning on this track in 2016, and Nico Rosberg winning the year before, Mercedes have won the last two races, setting Bottas up with a big chance to finish inside the Top 3 this weekend.
Qualifying fourth at the British Grand Prix, Bottas did well to hold onto that position for the entirety of the race. Fending off challenges from Max Verstappen was no easy task, but should Bottas crack the podium this week, he could go a long way to leapfrogging Daniel Ricciardo for fourth spot in the drivers standings.