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Formula One - German Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, July 22nd
SITE: Hockenheimring (1932) -- Hockenheim, Germany
TRACK: 4.574 km (2.842 miles), 17-turn road course
CAPACITY: 130,000
ANNUAL: 59th
TELEVISION: FOX (12 p.m. (ET) - taped)
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 3rd)
LAPS: 67
MILES: 190.4 (306.458 km)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 minute, 13.306 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Ralf Schumacher, 2001 (1 hr., 18 min., 17.873 sec.)
 
2011 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Lewis Hamilton26Adrian Sutil8
2Fernando Alonso47Nico Rosberg6
3Mark Webber18Michael Schumacher10
4Sebastian Vettel39Kamui Kobayashi17
5Felipe Massa510Vitaly Petrov9
2011 German Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 189.910 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 37 minutes, 30.334 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.980 seconds
CARS ON FINAL LAP: 6
FASTEST LAP: Lewis Hamilton, 1:34.302, Lap 59
POLE WINNER: Mark Webber (1:30.079)
Past German Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Lewis Hamilton (2nd) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 189.910 k.p.h./1:37:30.334
2010 -- Fernando Alonso (2nd) - Ferrari - 209.788 k.p.h./1:27:38.684
2009 -- Mark Webber (1st) -- Red Bull-Renault -- 191.598 k.p.h./1:36:43.310
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 201.290 k.p.h./1:31:20.874
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 209.277 k.p.h./1:27.51.693
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (3rd) -- Renault -- 212.629 k.p.h./1:26:28.599
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 215.852 k.p.h./1:23:54.848
2003 -- Juan Montoya (1st) -- Williams -- 1:28:48.769
2002 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:27:52.078
2001 -- Ralf Schumacher (2nd) -- Williams-BMW -- 1:18:17.873 (record)
2000 -- Rubens Barrichello (18th) -- Ferrari -- 1:25:34.418
1999 -- Eddie Irvine (5th) -- Ferrari -- 1:21:58.594
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen (1st) -- McLaren-Mercedes -- 1:20:47.984
1997 -- Gerhard Berger (1st) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:20:59.046
1996 -- Damon Hill (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:21:43.417
1995 -- Michael Schumacher (2nd) -- Benetton-Renault -- 1:22:56.043
1994 -- Gerhard Berger (1st) -- Ferrari -- 1:22:37.272
1993 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:18:40.885
1992 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:18:22.032
1991 -- Nigel Mansell (1st) -- Williams-Renault -- 1:19.661
1990 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:20:47.164
1989 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:21:43.302
1988 -- Ayrton Senna (1st) -- McLaren-Honda -- 1:32:54.188
1987 -- Nelson Piquet (4th) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:21:25.091
1986 -- Nelson Piquet (5th) -- Williams-Honda -- 1:22:08.263
1985 -- Michele Alboreto (8th) -- Ferrari -- 1:35:31.337
1984 -- Alain Prost (1st) -- McLaren-TAG -- 1:24:43.210
1983 -- Rene Arnoux (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:27:10.319
1982 -- Patrick Tambay (5th) -- Ferrari -- 1:27:25.178
1981 -- Nelson Piquet (6th) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:25:55.60
1980 -- Jacques Laffite (5th) -- Ligier-Ford -- 1:22:59.73
1979 -- Alan Jones (2nd) -- Williams-Ford -- 1:24:48.83
1978 -- Mario Andretti (1st) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:28:00.90
1977 -- Niki Lauda (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 1:31:48.62
1976 -- James Hunt (1st) -- McLaren-Ford -- 1:41:42.7
1975 -- Carlos Reutemann (10th) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:41:14.1
1974 -- Clay Regazzoni (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 1:41:35.0
1973 -- Jackie Stewart (1st) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:42:03.0
1972 -- Jacky Ickx (1st) -- Ferrari) -- 1:42:12.3
1971 -- Jackie Stewart (1st) -- Tyrrell-Ford -- 1:29:15.7
1970 -- Jochen Rindt (2nd) -- Lotus-Ford -- 1:42:00.3
1969 -- Jacky Ickx (1st) -- Brabham-Ford -- 1:49:55.4
1968 -- Jackie Stewart (6th) -- Matra-Ford -- 2:19:03.2
1967 -- Dennis Hulme (2nd) -- Brabham-Repco -- 2:05:55.7
1966 -- Jack Brabham (5th) -- Brabham-Repco -- 2:27:03.0
1965 -- Jim Clark (1st) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:07:52.4
1964 -- John Surtees (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:12:04.8
1963 -- John Surtees (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 2:13:06.8
1962 -- Graham Hill (2nd) -- BRM -- 2:38:45.3
1961 -- Stirling Moss (3rd) -- Lotus-Climax -- 2:18:12.4
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Tony Brooks (1st) -- Ferrari -- 2:09:31.6
1958 -- Tony Brooks (2nd) -- Vanwall -- 2:21:15.0
1957 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Maserati -- 3:30:38.3
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Ferrari -- 3:38:43.7
1955 -- Not Held
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio (1st) -- Mercedes -- 3:45:45.8
1953 -- Nino Farina (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 3:02:25.0
1952 -- Alberto Ascari (1st) -- Ferrari -- 3:06:13.3
1951 -- Alberto Ascari (1st) -- Ferrari -- 3:23:03.3
Past German Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Mark Webber -- 3rd
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 3rd
2009 -- Mark Webber -- 1st
2008 -- Lewis Hamilton -- 1st
2007 -- Not Held
2006 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 3rd
2005 -- Kimi Raikkonen -- 20th
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2003 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 1st
2002 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
2001 -- Juan Pablo Montoya -- 14th
2000 -- David Coulthard -- 3rd
1999 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 13th
1998 -- Mika Hakkinen -- 1st
1997 -- Gerhard Berger -- 1st
1996 -- Damon Hill -- 1st
1995 -- Damon Hill -- 22nd
1994 -- Gerhard Berger -- 1st
1993 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1992 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1991 -- Nigel Mansell -- 1st
1990 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1989 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1988 -- Ayrton Senna -- 1st
1987 -- Nigel Mansell -- 12th
1986 -- Nelson Piquet -- 2nd
1985 -- Keke Rosberg -- 5th
1984 -- Alain Prost -- 1st
1983 -- Patrick Tambay -- 22nd
1982 -- Didier Pironi -- DNS (practice accident)
1981 -- Alain Prost -- 2nd
1980 -- Alan Jones -- 3rd
1979 -- Jean-Pierre Jabouille -- 19th
1978 -- Mario Andretti -- 1st
1977 -- Jody Scheckter -- 2nd
1976 -- James Hunt -- 1st
1975 -- Niki Lauda -- 3rd
1974 -- Niki Lauda -- 25th
1973 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1st
1972 -- Jacky Ickx -- 1st
1971 -- Jackie Stewart -- 1st
1970 -- Jacky Ickx -- 2nd
1969 -- Jacky Ickx -- 1st
1968 -- Jacky Ickx -- 4th
1967 -- Jim Clark -- 19th
1966 -- Jim Clark -- 10th
1965 -- Jim Clark -- 1st
1964 -- John Surtees -- 1st
1963 -- Jim Clark -- 2nd
1962 -- Dan Gurney -- 3rd
1961 -- Phil Hill -- 3rd
1960 -- Not Held
1959 -- Tony Brooks -- 1st
1958 -- Mike Hawthorn -- 12th
1957 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
1956 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
1955 -- Not Held
1954 -- Juan Manuel Fangio -- 1st
1953 -- Alberto Ascari -- 8th
1952 -- Alberto Ascari -- 1st
1951 -- Alberto Ascari -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: British Grand Prix (July 8th)
SITE: Silverstone Circuit -- Silverstone, England
LAPS: 52
MILES: 190.676 (306.747 km)
WINNER: Mark Webber
RUNNER-UP: Fernando Alonso
THIRD: Sebastian Vettel
FOURTH: Felipe Massa
FIFTH: Kimi Raikkonen
POLE WINNER: Fernando Alonso (Finished 2nd)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 25 minutes, 11.288 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.060 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 215.662 k.p.h.
German Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4 *Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200320042005200620072008200920102011
Lewis Hamilton---------------Won18th4thWon
Fernando Alonso4th3rdWon5th---11th7thWon2nd
Mark Webber11th6th19th13th---19thWon6th3rd
Sebastian Vettel---------------8th2nd3rd4th
Felipe Massa---13th8th2nd---3rd3rd2nd5th
Nico Rosberg---------20th---10th4th8th7th
Michael Schumacher7thWon5thWon---------9th8th
Pastor Maldonado------------------------14th
Jenson Button8th2nd3rd4th---17th5th5th22nd
Kimi Raikkonen19th20th20th3rd---6th19th------
Romain Grosjean---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Jean-Eric Vergne - Started in the 23rd position and finished 14th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Fernando Alonso
Darkhorse - Sergio Perez
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lewis Hamilton) - Finished 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Nico Rosberg) - Finished 15th
 
NOTES:
Lewis Hamilton will seek to become the first back-to-back winner of this race since Nigel Mansell in 1991-92, when he defends his German Grand Prix title this week.

The German Grand Prix marks the halfway point of the Formula One World Championship season.

Last season, Hamilton of McLaren held off Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber from Red Bull to win his 16th career title.

Hamilton, who's added two more wins to his all-time total, quickly grabbed the lead from pole sitter Webber heading into the first turn of the opening lap. The lead then swapped several times among Hamilton, Alonso and Webber during their three rounds of pit stops in the 60-lap grand prix at the 3.2-mile (5.148-kilometer) Nurburgring circuit.

All three drivers made their final stops within the final 10 laps. When Webber pitted from the lead with four laps remaining, Hamilton regained the top position for good, finishing 3.9 seconds ahead of Alonso.

Hamilton's 2012 campaign has been less than stellar, with just one win, ranking him fourth on the points list, 37 behind Alonso.

In 2010, Alonso captured his second victory of that season and the 23rd of his Formula One career, which had placed the Spaniard in a tie with Nelson Piquet for ninth on the circuit's all-time race winners list. Since then, Alonso has moved into fifth with 29 career F1 titles, just two behind Nigel Mansell.

Felipe Massa, who has posted five straight top-5 finishes at this race, dominated most of the '10 event and held the lead on lap 49 before Alonso easily passed him in turn six to take the top position. Alonso had been pushing Massa for the lead several times prior to his winning pass and led the final 18 laps to defeat Massa by over four seconds. Only six of the 24 cars finished the race on the same lap.

Starting first on the grid, Mark Webber overcame an early-race drive-through penalty in 2009 to win the German Grand Prix and become a first-time winner in Formula One competition. Webber, who won his first career F1 pole the previous day, was penalized for running into Rubens Barrichello while Barrichello attempted to overtake him on the opening lap. He captured the lead after the second round of pit stops and dominated from there to record his first win in his 130th grand prix start. Sebastian Vettel finished over nine seconds back in second.

Since his maiden win, Webber has recorded eight additional titles, one more in 2009, four in 2010, one in 2011 and two this season. He currently stands second on the points list, 13 behind Alonso.

Lewis Hamilton passed crowd favorite Nelson Piquet Jr with seven laps remaining to capture the 2008 German Grand Prix. His No.22 McLaren Mercedes crossed the finish line 5.5 seconds ahead of Piquet. The victory was Hamilton's fourth of that season, second in a row and eighth of his F1 career.

In 2007, organizers moved the German round of the Formula One World Championship to the Nurburgring in Nurburg, Germany and renamed the event the European Grand Prix due to a disagreement over naming rights. Fernando Alonso out-drove Felipe Massa over the final laps to capture the 2007 Grand Prix of Europe at the Nurburgring. The two-time World Champion crossed the finish line 8.1 seconds ahead of Massa.

This track was originally used as a test track for Mercedes, but became a venue for Formula One in 1970 while the Nurburgring was being modified. Sadly, this is another track that is remembered because of tragedy, this time it was the death of the great Jim Clark when he raced Formula 2000 in 1968. Patrick Depaillar also lost his life here, during testing in 1980.

The first F1 race held here, in 1970, was dramatic, as Jochen Rindt drove his Lotus home, a nose in front of Jacky Ickx's Ferrari. The race returned to Hockenheim in 1977, in response to the drivers not wishing to race at the Nurburgring, following Niki Lauder's near fatal accident in 1976. Lauder, ironically enough, won the '77 race. The most memorable race at this circuit was in 1982, when Nelson Piquet made the headlines after trying to punch Eliseo Salazar after they collided. It also saw Pironi badly injured during wet practice for the race, and his teammate, Patrick Tambay, went on to score an emotional win. The craziest race held here would have to be 1994, when, at the end of the first lap only half the field remained. Michael Schumacher retired, and Gerhard Berger went on to give Ferrari their first win in four years.

Since 1988, the pole sitter has captured this race 15 times, including five times in the last nine races, most recently by Webber in 2009.

The next Formula One race is the July 29 Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary. Jenson Button won last year's race there.

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