Formula One’s return to Hockenheim marks the mid-point in the season and while the first half hasn’t all gone according to plan, there have still been plenty of positives.
We didn’t score as many points in the triple-header as we had hoped for. A lot of that was down to our own mistakes. However, there is a silver lining to this – while we didn’t maximise on points, we did bring the quickest car to all three races.
Hockenheim will mark the halfway point of the 2018 season. We’ve had a decent first half – on the one hand, we’ve left points on the table and had to do damage limitation more often than we would have wanted. On the other hand, we still scored a good amount of points, both drivers have shown strong performances and we have a fast car. So there are many reasons why we’re looking forward to the second half of the 2018 season; we’re hungry, ambitious and want to kick on from here.
Going to Hockenheim always feels like coming home; it’s only about a 90 minute drive from the Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart. While we had the great opportunity to race in front of many of our colleagues from Brackley and Brixworth in Silverstone, we’re now looking forward to welcoming the German members of the Mercedes family to the circuit and to holding high the three-pointed star on home turf.
The track itself is quite interesting; it has a variety of corner speeds and will test every aspect of the car.
German GP at Hockenheim – Good to be back!
The German Grand Prix was absent from last year’s calendar but makes a return this year at the Hockenheimring. It’s good to be back at the challenging, twisting track, which always produces interesting racing and puts on a good show!
F1 has a long and deep history in Germany, with it being one of the sport’s oldest races (first being run in 1951). It holds fond memories for Mercedes, taking our first German GP win in 1954 and returning to the top step in 2014 and 2016 – the last two races to be held in the country.
Here’s hoping we can add to that tally this year…
Grand Prix Germany 2018 – Timetable
- Practice 1 – Friday: 11:00
- Practice 2 – Friday: 15:00
- Practice 3 – Saturday: 12:00
- Qualifying – Saturday: 15:00
- Race – Sunday: 15:10