Felipe Massa is becoming the poster child for ever-improving Formula One safety standards after he emerged unscathed from yet another dramatic accident on Sunday at the German Grand Prix.
We are now in the heart of the European part of the Formula One season, and the German Grand Prix takes place this weekend at Hockenheim. There are four German drivers on the grid: Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil.
This weekend’s German Grand Prix will take place at the Hockenheimring in southwestern Germany. It is the 34th time that circuit has hosted the race. Like many of the classic European tracks, Hockenheim is a shadow of its former self, but even the redesigned track regularly draws big, passionate crowds and produces exciting races.
Kimi Raikkonen’s return to Ferrari and his battle with Fernando Alonso, his new teammate and fellow world champion, were supposed to be two of the big stories of this Formula One season.
Remember in the days before this season’s Australian Grand Prix, when everyone was asking questions like, “What happens if all 22 cars retire from the race?” Thankfully, those doomsday scenarios have not come to pass, despite the complexity of the brand-new hybrid power units introduced in Formula One this season.
Nico Rosberg’s gearbox failure midway through Sunday’s British Grand Prix handed victory to his teammate and championship rival, Lewis Hamilton. It was Hamilton’s second victory at his home race, delighting the large crowd of heavily partisan supporters at Silverstone.
More importantly, though—particularly for non-Brits—Hamilton’s victory combined with Rosberg’s retirement means the Drivers’ Championship is once again wide open.