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Germany 2011 - Race information // F1 heads to Nüburgring for the next round of the season

Published by Christine

At Silverstone, we saw a change in winner, with the arguments over blown exhausts ultimately coming to nothing. Red Bull put themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and the weather made conditions tricky throughout the weekend, which made things interesting for us. What can Germany offer us up? We've got just two races left before the summer break - can they see us off in style?

Event schedule

The new Silverstone gave us some issues in the pitlane, with Red Bull and McLaren both compromising their races, with Force India and Sauber also struggling. From new to old, the Nürburgring looks like it's set to be another wet weekend, one in which tyres and conditions, pit stops and pace will play a vital role.

Fernando Alonso took the win at the last race, but Sebastian Vettel will want to get back on top form for his home crowd. Likewise Mercedes will want to put on a great show, billed as they are as the German team.

Towards the back, rumours of driver changes continue to plague HRT, whilst Virgin have bolstered their technical department, and may be making a step in the right direction.

Session Timetable
DateDaySessionTime (GMT+1)Time (Local)
22 JulFridayFree Practice 109:0010:00
Free Practice 213:0014:00
23 JulSaturdayFree Practice 310:0011:00
Qualifying13:0014:00
24 JulSundayGrand Prix13:0014:00

Support racing for this event includes GP2, GP3 and the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

The weather

From one wet race to another, the early forecasts for the weekend look to be wet. Rain is predicted for Friday and Saturday, and although at the moment it seems Sunday may avoid precipitation, the chances of it staying like this will change.

rain

Nürburgring, Friday

16℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 65%

Rain showers

rain

Nürburgring, Saturday

13℃

  • Low 9℃
  • Humidity 68%

Rain showers

cloudy

Nürburgring, Sunday

14℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 64%

Cloud cover

Circuit map

Nürburgring Map
Nürburgring MapCredit: FIA

The circuit

Circuit Data
NameNürburgring
LocationGermany
TimezoneGMT +0200
First Race1951
Laps60
Length5.148 km
Distance308.641 km
Start / Finish Offset0.239 km

The Nüburgring circuit is tucked away in amongst the trees, and although it is only a small part of the epic 22km original circuit, it is still capable of providing some good racing. There are a couple of good overtaking spots around the track, although the DRS zone is yet to be confirmed.

The cars run at full throttle for just over half the track, meaning that the priority goes towards downforce rather than straight line speed. This weekend we'll be seeing the soft and medium tyres from Pirelli, and the tyre manufacturer expects two-stop strategies to be prevalent.

2010 Results (Hockenheim)
SessionDriverTeamTimeLinks
Free Practice 1Adrian SutilForce India1:25.701Live / Results
Free Practice 2Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:16.265Live / Results
Free Practice 3Sebastian VettelRed Bull1:15.103Live / Results
QualifyingSebastian VettelRed Bull1:13.791Live / Results
Grand PrixFernando AlonsoFerrari1hr 28:38.866Live / Results
Fastest LapSebastian VettelRed Bull1:15.824

Tyre compounds

Medium and soft compounds
Medium and soft compoundsCredit: Pirelli

Press conference schedule

Official press conferences are organised by the FIA and happen four times during the weekend. The qualifying and post race press conferences will take place after the television unilateral interviews.

Press Conference Schedule
DayTime (Local)AttendeeRepresenting
Thursday15:00Timo GlockVirgin
Nick HeidfeldRenault
Nico RosbergMercedes
Michael SchumacherMercedes
Adrian SutilForce India
Sebastian VettelRed Bull
Friday15:00James AllisonRenault
Stefano DomenicaliFerrari
Mark GallagherCosworth
Norbert HaugMercedes
Monisha KaltenbornSauber
SaturdayPost qualifyingThree fastest drivers
SundayPost raceFirst three finishing drivers

Race stewards

The FIA stewarding process was changed last year to include a former F1 driver to give added insight. These are the stewards overseeing this weekend's action.

F1 Stewards
NamePosition
Tom KristensenEight times Le Mans winner
Garry ConnellyFIA Executive Committee Member and Director of Australian Institute of Motor Sport
Farhan VohraMember Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India and F1 Steward

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