Lewis Hamilton dominated again on the British Grand Prix 15 days ago, increasing his advantage at the top of the World Drivers’ Championship and this weekend he might take another step towards the title in Hockenheim.
F1: A brit at the top of the world
A bit against the expectations of the rivals and even the neutral fans of the sport, Mercedes exerted their dominance this season and it was even clearer than in previous seasons.
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With that, Lewis Hamilton has been showcasing his class throughout the season alongside the company of his teammate Valtteri Bottas, that has also been leaving promising signs for a potential succession to the British driver in the near future.
But, for now, it is the veteran British driver who dominates the scene and he is on track to win the 6th world title of his career, being able to get only 1 away from equaling the historical Michael Schumacher that won 7 World Drivers’ Championships.
Right now, the British driver is leading the World Drivers’ Championship with 39 more points than his teammate Bottas, and 87 more than the 3rd place Max Verstappen.
Sebastian Vettel is precisely 100 points away, on a disappointing season for the German who races for Ferrari, that came into 2019 looking to dethrone Lewis Hamilton.
Hockenheim is a circuit that brings good memories
The German Grand Prix has been an intermittent presence on the F1 calendar in recent years. However, Hamilton won in German soil on the last two occasions they competed there, and, throughout his career, he already won in 4 of his 9 participations there, which means we can’t say that he has bad memories from the Hockenheim circuit.
Considering his past on this track and Mercedes’ current moment of form on the season, it is natural that we witness the clear favouritism of the English driver to win the German GP, with low odds of around 1.55 on 1xBet.
As for the German Sebastian Vettel, he seems to continue in free fall, at a period where his future leadership on the team is already being questioned.
In any case and evaluating the complete dominance of Mercedes throughout the year, a spot in the podium might be a considerable achievement for the veteran and 4-times world champion Sebastian Vettel, since that, on normal conditions, Mercedes will once again occupy the top two spots.
Vettel has odds of 1.66 to finish in the podium and that way recover on the fight for what’s left of this season, that will be ensuring the third position on the World Drivers’ Championship.
Mercedes is in constant evolution
The dominance of the Mercedes team became clear since the first race of the year, but the truth is that the Silver Arrows aren’t slowing down because of their success, constantly making improvements on their cars in order to maintain and even extend their hegemony in 2019.
Recently, the team allowed victory to slip away from then for the first time in the entire 2019 season so far.
Verstappen’s victory in Austria happened due to the fact that the Mercedes car didn’t deal well with the extreme heat that was felt during those days, and the team immediately got to work in order to fix that cooling problem on their vehicle.
Now, it looks like the long distance between axis on the W10 makes the car a bit heavier than what would be desirable and promptly the team developed a new chassis that they will present already on the German Grand Prix, on a new demonstration of great versatility and proactivity in the sense of staying above the competition until the end of the season.
Can Vettel win with the support of the home crowd?
Ferrari comes into the 11th race of the Formula 1 season still without any victory, on a truly uncomfortable and unpredictable situation for a team that had the ambition of closing in on Mercedes in terms of competitiveness in 2019.
Now, it is time for the team to defend a good performance from their team leader Sebastian Vettel at the Grand Prix of his own country.
Still, the weight of the numbers this season as well as the track record of the German driver at the Hockenheim circuit generates some caution regarding a potential victory.
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It turns out that Sebastian Vettel only won this Grand Prix on 1 occasion, and we have to highlight that even during Red Bull’s hegemonical period, where he won 4 titles, he was never able to be truly dominant here – getting a 3rd, 4th, 5th and finally 1st place on those years where he won the Drivers’ Championship.
That way, the expectations are certainly not very high amongst the Scuderia.