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Formula 1 German Grand Prix 2018: Results, Standings, How To Watch, Session Times, Form Guide

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Formula 1 will return to Hockenheim, situated in the Rhine valley in Germany's south-west, for the eleventh round of the 2018 season - the

German Grand Prix.

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The iconic Hockenheimring circuit is 4.5 kilometres of fast sweepers and long straights, coupled by a sensational stadium section in the final sector.

The original circuit was built in 1939 as a high-speed test track for Mercedes-Benz, and was almost eight kilometres long.

The high-speed Ostkurve forest section was given two fast chicanes, and the track lined with crash barriers, after two-time world champion Jim Clark was killed in a Formula 2 racing accident in 1968.

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The Hockenheimring was redesigned for the 2002 German Grand Prix - the circuit was shortened, with the forest straights section removed in favour of more tight corners, including a violently-narrow hairpin.

Since the German Grand Prix became part of the Formula 1 World Championship in 1950, the venue of the race has alternated between the Hockenheimring and Nürburgring - however, with financial dramas plaguing the event, after the Nürburgring went through a change of ownership, the German Grand Prix has called the Hockenheimring home in recent years.

The most recent German Grand Prix, held in 2016, saw Lewis Hamilton lead Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Aussie hero Daniel Ricciardo home.

However, Ferrari's resurgence in 2018 will see the Scuderia push for their first win in the Fatherland since 2012.

2018 GERMAN GRAND PRIX: FORM GUIDE

Formula 1's first-ever triple-header shook the 2018 championship to its core, leaving the title race wide open.

The first race saw Hamilton win in France in a canter, before the second leg in Austria led to a shock Verstappen victory after Ricciardo and both Mercedes drivers encountered reliability dramas.

With Sebastian Vettel's last-start win on Hamilton's home soil in Britain, Ferrari took control of the driver's and constructor's championships - however, Vettel's eight-point lead over Hamilton looks far from safe, while Mercedes is a solid result away from snatching the ascendancy back from Ferrari.

Mercedes are undefeated in Germany in the V6 hybrid era, with 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg winning in 2014 - a race famous for Felipe Massa's first-corner roll - before Hamilton's victory two years later.

#felipe massa

The Hockenheimring circuit will favour Mercedes and Ferrari in 2018, no doubt, with the winding sweeper prior to the tight hairpin a favourite for the power-hungry engines.

However, Red Bull's chassis will come alive in the stadium section, meaning Verstappen and Ricciardo won't be too far from the action.

While Vettel will be looking in his mirrors ahead of his home race, with Hamilton keen to bounce back from his frustrations at Silverstone, the German Grand Prix is set to throw another curveball in the 2018 title race, with flying Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen hungrier than ever to win their first races of the season.

Slow Schumacher + unsighted Burti = HUGE accident 😬

Both drivers were unhurt, and took the restart in their spare cars 👏#GermanGP 🇩🇪 #F1 pic.twitter.com/j6touVgUgK

— Formula 1 (@F1) July 16, 2018

KEY STATS

- With wins in 1995, 2002, 2004 and 2006, Michael Schumacher holds the record for the most German Grand Prix wins in the Formula 1 era.

- Of the current drivers, Lewis Hamilton (2008, 2011, 2016) and Fernando Alonso (2005, 2010, 2012) hold the most German wins - however, Hamilton's 2011 win came at the Nürburgring.

- Ferrari are by far and away the most successful constructor in Germany, having won the event 22 times. Although having won the German Grand Prix 10 times, Mercedes have only won three times in the Formula 1 era (1954, 2014, 2016), while Williams (nine wins), McLaren (eight wins) and Red Bull (two wins) are other current teams to have won in Germany.

- At the Nürburgring in 2009, retired Aussie fan favourite Mark Webber took his maiden Grand Prix victory in Germany - a day after he took his first pole position. Webber still holds the record of having the most starts before his first win (130).

Nine years ago... Mark Webber took a sensational first victory at the Nurburgring, and burst out with passion on the radio afterwards 💪 . #F1 #Formula1 #GermanGP #Nurburgring #MarkWebber #AussieGrit #RedBull #OTD #OnThisDay #TBT #ThrowbackThursday @aussiegrit @redbullracing

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- Mercedes have won each of the last two German Grands Prix (Nico Rosberg in 2014, Lewis Hamilton in 2016), twice as many as they’d previously won in the history of this race (Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954).

- Nico Rosberg is the only German driver in F1 history to win the German Grand Prix with a German constructor (2014).

- Two Ferrari drivers have been on the podium in back to back races (Vettel and Raikkonen at Spielberg and Silverstone). The Scuderia have not managed this feat in three consecutive races since 2008, when Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen both finished in the top three in Bahrain, Spain and Turkey).

Most podiums at the #GermanGP 🇩🇪 (current drivers)

5 Alonso (📸 2010)

4 Hamilton

3 Vettel, Raikkonen

1 Grosjean, Bottas, Ricciardo, Verstappen#F1FastFact #F1 pic.twitter.com/lSX9IKDmCC

— Formula 1 (@F1) July 17, 2018

- Red Bull are the team to win most often at Nurburgring without ever tasting victory at Hockenheim (twice, level with Tyrrell).

- Valtteri Bottas will race his first German Grand Prix as a Mercedes driver. Only Juan Manuel Fangio (1st in 1954) has previously reached the podium for Mercedes in his first race at the German GP.

Most laps led at the #GermanGP 🇩🇪

213 Schumacher

159 Hamilton

122 Alonso

114 Berger

108 Senna

100 Hakkinen#F1FastFact #F1 pic.twitter.com/IsxwjrSc9O

— Formula 1 (@F1) July 17, 2018

- If Sebastian Vettel wins the German Grand Prix he would overtake Alain Prost (51) as the driver with the third most F1 victories, behind Michael Schumacher (91) and Lewis Hamilton (65).

- Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to win points and finish every race so far in this F1 season.

TYRE COMPOUNDS

The 2018 German Grand Prix will see Pirelli's white-walled 

medium, yellow-walled 

soft and purple-walled

ultrasoft compounds used.

We're skipping compounds for the #F1 Grand Prix that skips years!

Welcome back #GermanGP, time to see how things have changed: https://t.co/epOzpuniR5 pic.twitter.com/6biwhTe6v3

— Pirelli Motorsport (@pirellisport) July 16, 2018

WEATHER

Friday will be warm for free practice - however, rain is forecast for Saturday and Sunday.

Hockenheim, we've missed you 😍 We'll be tearing it up at this awesome venue next weekend - and it's a SELL OUT crowd! 🙌 Will you be there? . #F1 #Formula1 #GermanGP #Hockenheim #Hockenheimring

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SESSION TIMES

FP1: Friday, July 20, 7:00pm

FP2: Friday, July 20, 11:00pm

FP3: Saturday, July 21, 8:00pm

Qualifying: Saturday, July 21, 11:00pm

Race: Sunday, July 22, 11.10pm

All times shown AEST.

HOW TO WATCH

All Formula 1 Grands Prix in 2018 are shown live and ad-free on 

Fox Sports in Australia, with Fox Sports 506 to be your port of call for all race weekends this season. Check local guides.

F1 DRIVER STANDINGS

AFTER ROUND 10 (BRITAIN)

Position

Driver

Constructor

Points

Margin

1st Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 171  
2nd Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 163 -8
3rd Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 116 -55
4th Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 106 -65
5th Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 104 -67
6th Max Verstappen Red Bull 93 -78
7th Nico Hulkenberg Renault 42 -129
8th Fernando Alonso McLaren 40 -131
9th Kevin Magnussen Haas 39 -132
10th Carlos Sainz Jr Renault 28 -143

F1 CONSTRUCTOR STANDINGS

AFTER ROUND 10 (BRITAIN)

Position

Constructor

Points

Margin


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