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Prediction game: Round 9 – Germany

July 8th, 2009

Nico Rosberg, Europe, 2007After a long three week break the season continues with the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.  It is the home Grand Prix for fully one quarter of the drivers on the grid but realistically there is only one German with a chance of standing on the top step on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel comes to the Nürburgring fresh from his victory at Silverstone and he will be hoping to maintain that momentum in front of his home crowd and further narrow the gap to Championship leader Jenson Button.  It will be Vettel’s first time around the Ring in an F1 car but he has raced (and won) there before in everything from karts to F3 and Renault World Series.

Timo Glock is another German yet to experience the Nürburgring in Formula One but, like Vettel, he has won there before in other classes.  After making it through to Q3 in Britain Glock just missed out on points in the race but he is hopeful of a strong finish in Germany:

I’ve had some good races so far and it has been nice to be battling at the front quite often. This weekend is another chance to do that and I can’t wait.

Despite having a famous Finnish father, Nico Rosberg is actually a German citizen.  He set the third fastest lap at Silverstone and ended the race in fifth which boosted him to seventh in the Drivers’ Championship and Williams to fifth in the Constructors’ Championship – ahead of McLaren.

Rosberg is obviously at home on the circuit.  In this video he talks us through a lap of the Ring – blindfolded.

Nick Heidfeld will be sporting a special helmet design for his home race but it will take more than a fresh coat of paint to turn the BMW Sauber F1.09 into a race winning machine.  Two years ago Heidfeld became the first driver in 30 years to pilot an F1 car around the old Nordschleife circuit, christened The Green Hell by Jackie Stewart.

Heidfeld is in real danger of being beaten by compatriot Adrian Sutil on Sunday.  Force India have been steadily improving all season and if Sutil hadn’t gone off in a big way in qualifying he may have finished in the points in the British Grand Prix.  There is a chance of rain on Sunday and if that happens then it is quite possible Adrian Sutil could score Force India’s first points.

To make your predictions in round 9 of the F1 Buzz prediction game (and be in with a chance to win some nice prizes), just leave a comment on this post with your driver predictions for the race in the following format:

Fastest lap:

Remember, the deadline for entries is start of qualifying on Saturday, that’s 12:00 GMT.

Good luck!

Image & video: Williams

  1. Sergio
    July 4th, 2009 at 10:33 | #1

    Hello, it´s Sergio, from Prediction Game. I´ll be on holidays this week, out of England, and I won´t have time to write my prediction, and that´s why I write it now.
    I hope you will paste this post into the prediction game.

    Pole position: Vettel
    1st: Button
    Fastest Lap: Vettel

  2. Sergio
    July 4th, 2009 at 10:34 | #2

    I forgot to say “thanks so much”.

  3. July 8th, 2009 at 12:47 | #3

    You’re welcome! 🙂

  4. Donna Dubsky
    July 9th, 2009 at 06:08 | #4

    ok, I’m getting in early, so here r the winners….

    Pole position: Button
    1st: Barrichello
    2nd: Vettel
    3rd: Button
    Fastest Lap: Vettel

  5. Marco
    July 9th, 2009 at 12:43 | #5

    Don’t know why, but I do have a suspicion it’s downhill for Brawn from here. Still gonna put them near the top though…

    Pole position: Vettel
    1st: Vettel
    2nd: Button
    3rd: Barrichello
    Fastest Lap: Button

  6. July 10th, 2009 at 12:09 | #6

    Pole: Vettel (hopefully I’ll be on the right side of a pole pick for once – it’s getting like picking Richmond in the AFL)
    1st: Vettel
    2nd: Button
    3rd: Webber
    Fastest Lap: Vettel

  7. Kathryn
    July 10th, 2009 at 16:52 | #7

    Pole: Vettel
    1st: Button
    2nd: Vettel
    3rd: Webber
    Fastest lap: Vettel

    Can’t believe Donna posted (and early)!

  8. July 10th, 2009 at 19:47 | #8

    Mark Webber is a dark horse…

    Some information about Nürburgring: http://www.f1mix.com/circuits/germany.htm

  9. Andrew Hill
    July 11th, 2009 at 09:56 | #9

    Pole: Webber
    1st: Webber
    2nd: Vettel
    3rd: Button
    Fastest Lap: Hamilton

  10. July 11th, 2009 at 10:24 | #10

    Pole: Webber
    1st: Webber
    2nd: Button
    3rd: Vettel
    Fastest Lap: Hamilton

  11. correa
    July 11th, 2009 at 10:53 | #11

    Pole: Alonso
    1st: Vettel
    2nd: Alonso
    3rd: Hamilton
    Fastest Lap: Hamilton

  12. Andrew Hill
    July 11th, 2009 at 11:08 | #12

    What, do you just base your predictions on mine, and then mix it up a bit??? 🙂

  13. July 11th, 2009 at 13:36 | #13

    @Andrew Hill
    Funny. Actually, I didn’t look at your comment until after I made mine. 🙂
    I think it’s time for Webber to win a race.

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