Heatwave Engulfs Europe with German GP this Weekend
Mercedes and few others in trouble if heat strikes the Hockenheimring circuit in the qualifying and race day.
The heat has already troubled the silver arrows in Austria. The Mercedes drivers finished 3rd (Valteri Bottas) and 5th (Lewis Hamilton) at the Red Bull arena due to their overheating and altitude problems. Lewis Hamilton who finished first at the podium last year, even after starting at 14th says his team are in trouble if Germany stays hot. Germany recorded its highest temperature ever at 40.5 degree Celsius in the town of Geilenkirchen on Thursday.
Lewis Hamilton says: “I’d imagine, if it stays this hot, we’re going to be in trouble. “We’ve got these hot races coming up which are obviously not so easy for us, so it’s going to be a challenge.
“It’s definitely a good thing if it rains,” he added. “There’s not really much we can do, it’s a much bigger design issue that we have when it gets hot, so it’s not so easy to change… Hopefully, this weekend will be okay.”
Lewis Hamilton in business:
Last year, the Hockenheimring circuit saw it raining after the 14th lap of the race, which dramatically changed the results.
Race leader, Sebastian Vettel crashed out on Lap 51 of the race, while his teammate Kimi Raikonnen finished 3rd on the podium. Mercedes had a one-two finish with Hamilton winning and Valteri Bottas finishing second, after Hamilton climbed up a massive 13 positions.
The midfield battle also heats up this weekend after Racing Point brings in two new upgrades to their car. They’ve upgraded new sidepods and floor to the vehicle.
Racing Point are suffering this season with both their drivers struggling for points. Sergio Perez stands 13th on the driver rankings with 13 points and Lance Stroll on 17th with 6 points.
Now, they fight for points against a fierce midfield of Mclaren, Alfa Romeo and Renault.
Williams will also test their new upgrades in the German Grand Prix. The new upgrades include an improvement in the bargeboard area, new floor and current spec.
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