Why we can't wait for this weekend's German GP!
1. Good to Be Back
The German Grand Prix was absent from last year's calendar but makes a return this year at the Hockenheimring. It's good to be back at the challenging, twisting track, which always produces interesting racing and puts on a good show!
F1 has a long and deep history in Germany, with it being one of the sport's oldest races (first being run in 1951). It holds fond memories for Mercedes, taking our first German GP win in 1954 and returning to the top step in 2014 and 2016 - the last two races to be held in the country.
Here's hoping we can add to that tally this year...
2. Home Race
Another reason why we're delighted to be back at the Hockenheimring is because the German GP is, of course, our second home race and they're consecutive too!
The last F1 round in Great Britain marked our first home race of the year, with Silverstone being located just down the road from our factories in Brackley and Brixworth.
Many of our colleagues got the chance to see the cars in action at Silverstone and we're excited to put on a show for the German members of our Mercedes family at the Hockenheimring.
The circuit is situated only 90 minutes from Mercedes-Benz headquarters in Stuttgart, so there's always that 'going home' feeling when we race in Germany.
We're determined to put on a show in our homeland and give our MB family the best result possible!
3. Potential Records
There are some interesting milestones that could be reached in Germany, including the 80th win for Mercedes F1 and 125th front row starts and podium finishes for Lewis.
But, undoubtedly the most exciting is that Lewis could equal one of Michael Schumacher's records at the Hockenheimring.
If Lewis wins the race, he'll equal the legend's record for the most German GP wins. The seven-time World Champion is currently on four wins, with Lewis tied for the second most victories in the country with three.
4. Unpredictable Weather
The weather in Germany around this time of the year can prove to be very tricky to predict, changing suddenly and catching you off-guard.
That looks set to be the case this weekend, with a variety of different conditions expected during the course of the weekend.
Friday looks set to feature sunshine and scattered clouds, with very warm temperatures. But, they'll drop for Saturday, where scattered showers are anticipated - particularly towards the end of qualifying.
Sunday's weather looks set to be dry, with higher temperatures compared to the previous day, but it'll probably be quite breezy. All the ingredients for a fascinating weekend!
5. Halfway There...
The mid-point of this weekend's German GP will mark the halfway stage of the 2018 Formula One season and what a year it has been...
It hasn't all gone according to plan for us, but it's been one of the most entertaining and competitive starts to a season for quite some time!
We've certainly enjoyed watching the battle unfold at the front and we're sure many of you have as well! But, now it's time to kick on in the second half of the season, continue to push flat-out and see what happens.
Hold on tight, because it's going to be an incredible ride!
Key timings for events at the track, for those of you in Germany or wanting to keep up from home!
Can I Watch?
|Pit Lane Walk||Thursday (16:00 CEST)||Pit Lane|
|Team Pit Stop Practice||Saturday (09:10 CEST)||Pit Lane||Instagram/Twitter|
|Driver Autograph Session||Saturday (18:30 CEST)||Fan Zone||Instagram/Twitter|
|Drivers' Parade||Sunday (13:30 CEST)||Track||Instagram/Twitter|