2018 German GP Preview: F1’s Return to Hockenheim

Fernando Alonso, German GP Preview

Germany, Round 11 of the 2018 Formula 1 Championship – Hockenheim’s return to the F1 calendar.

Fernando Alonso is heading into the German GP weekend on a two race points streak, scoring in both Austria and Great Britain.

McLaren’s last win in Germany was in 2011 at the Nürburgring, but the last race victory at the Hockenheimring was 10 years ago, when Lewis Hamilton won in 2008.

Alonso won at the Hockenheimring three times, in 2005 for Renault and in 2010, 2012 for Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the record of most victories at the German GP with 4, Fernando Alonso could equal this record, but given the performance of the McL33, it’s rather unlikely.

Fernando Alonso, Prior to the German Grand Prix:

“I enjoy racing at Hockenheim and have won there three times so it’s great to be back after a break last year. The track is viewed as one of the classics, it’s fun to drive and there are a couple of overtaking opportunities and an extra DRS zone this year – so hopefully we can fight with the cars around us.”

“We know we need to work on our qualifying performances to give ourselves the best chance on Sunday, but we’ve also seen that during the race we can push forward and secure points, so the aim is to achieve the same in Germany next weekend.”

“The next couple of races before the summer break are on very different tracks. We need to work hard, and do as much as possible to adapt our set-up for each of them to maximise our chances. We know this weekend won’t be an easy track for us but we’ll give it our best as always.”