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Prediction game: Round 9 – Germany

July 8th, 2009 13 comments

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

Rosberg tops practice again

April 24th, 2009 No comments

Nico Rosberg, Bahrain, 2009When will Nico Rosberg translate his practice performance into race pace?  The Williams driver has been consistently at the top of the time sheets in practice this year but so far has failed to deliver on race day.

While Lewis Hamilton went quickest in the first practice session for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg set the fastest time in the second session.

Fernando Alonso had been running high fuel loads and concentrating on race setup and so had been at the bottom of the order but he put in a flying lap at the end to go second fastest as Pat Symonds, Renault’s Executive Director of Engineering, explains:

The Bahrain circuit is our first hard braking circuit of the year and ranks among the hardest for the total braking system. In view of this, we spent a lot more time today on heavier than normal fuel loads, concentrating on our set-up for Sunday.

Here are the times from the first two practice sessions:
First Practice

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.647
2 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:33.907
3 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:33.938
4 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:34.227
5 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:34.434
6 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.502
7 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:34.531
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:34.589
9 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:34.827
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.827
11 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:34.880
12 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:34.938
13 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1:34.974
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:35.021
15 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.036
16 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:35.042
17 Timo Glock Toyota 1:35.333
18 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.348
19 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:35.353
20 Sebastien Buemi Torro Rosso-Ferrari 1:35.369

Second Practice

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:33.339
2 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:33.530
3 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:33.616
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:33.661
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:33.676
6 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:33.694
7 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.763
8 Timo Glock Toyota 1:33.764
9 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:33.885
10 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:33.899
11 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.994
12 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:34.025
13 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:34.127
14 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:34.366
15 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1:34.411
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:34.564
17 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:34.605
18 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:34.670
19 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:34.764
20 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:34.790

Image: LAT

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