The last thing that Mercedes want is the first thing that the race needs. A fight on track between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Formula One returns to the Hockenheimring for the first time since 2014. An old school circuit with gravel traps that punish mistakes and a real mix of high-speed and low-speed corners.
It’s a very important weekend for Mercedes given that it’s their home race. Expect to see the Mercedes-Benz top brass mulling around the Silver Arrows garage, expecting a 1-2 finish and nothing less. Toto Wolff has expressed his nerves ahead of the weekend, saying,
“To get such a result in Hungary, which is not a track that has traditionally suited us, shows how far we have progressed.
That is the most satisfying outcome and a big positive for the rest of the season. We are in a strong position as we move past the halfway point, with two drivers performing at a high level and a competitive combination of chassis and engine underneath them.
Their battle shows no signs of dropping in intensity, and we can expect plenty of entertainment as the races and points count down.
Next, we have our home race in Hockenheim. It’s no secret that this is a big weekend for us. We are just a small part of a large global organisation and we take great pride in representing the three-pointed star out on track.
I’m sure our rivals would take great pleasure in beating us on our home turf, so the pressure is on. But we will do everything in our power to make Mercedes-Benz proud and head into the summer break on a high.”
– Toto Wolff
Mercedes have a decent record here, Rosber won the race in 2014 and Hamilton finished 3rd, despite starting the race from 20th after a brakes failure in qualifying. The elusive 1-2 finish we’ve become so used to seeing hasn’t happened yet at the Hockenheimring. Could 2016 be the year they do it?