German GP: Williams preview

Germany's Hot Topics Who's moved ahead in the development war after the three week break between races? Who'll have what upgrades in Germany? Will it rain or shine in the Eifel? Nurburgring in a nutshell Back on the calendar after a one year...

Germany's Hot Topics
Who's moved ahead in the development war after the three week break between races?
Who'll have what upgrades in Germany?
Will it rain or shine in the Eifel?

Nurburgring in a nutshell

Back on the calendar after a one year sabbatical (Germany's race alternates between the Nurburgring and Hockenheim), the Nurburgring is a straightforward circuit, predominantly a mix of low and medium speed corners, that requires an uncomplicated two stop strategy....unless the local weather dictates otherwise. When Formula One last appeared at the track in 2007 it began raining torrentially within moments of the start, so much so that the race was briefly suspended.

What the drivers say

What we've been up to between races

Kazuki "I had a full week off after Silverstone and went to Norway with my friend. We just drove around a lot and took in the landscape. The weather was great and we visited the most northern point of Europe which was really interesting, but really quite cold! I've been back in the factory everyday since using the simulator and training in the gym in preparation for Germany."

Nico "It was a busy week around Silverstone. Because it's the team's home Grand Prix, I went to the UK early to do lots of marketing and media commitments ahead of the weekend. It was then a busy race as well, so having the three weeks off before Germany was quite nice as I've spent the time just relaxing. I've been at home in Monaco catching up with friends and doing some training, I also took a short trip to Ibiza to spend some time on the beach!"

Reflections on the British Grand Prix

Nico "Our performance at Silverstone, in fact in Turkey as well, has given me lots of optimism. The team are doing a really good job in terms of development and that is showing on the track. At Silverstone, we had another fifth place and those points moved us up another position in the Constructors'. We need to keep making that kind of progress for the rest of the season now. Hopefully, we'll be on the podium soon."

Kazuki "Silverstone was a good race weekend until the first stint when it was really difficult to make any progress and we missed some opportunities, we cost us a place in the points. It's not a case of having to try harder; it's just waiting for it to all come together."

The Nurburgring -- from a technical perspective

Nico "The Nurburgring is a very different track to say Silverstone because the average corner speeds are a lot slower. This means car set-up needs to be quite different so we will have a lot of things to test on Friday in order to find the right direction and to get the best out of the car. The FW31 has been very consistent and relatively quick on every track this year so I have high hopes that we can continue our good form."

Kazuki "Like Silverstone, it's a tricky track but, unlike Silverstone, it's more of a slow to medium speed circuit with lots of elevation. The weather can be a big factor at the Nurburgring, as can getting temperatures into the tyres as ambient can be quite low. Set-up-wise though it should be fairly straightforward. I haven't raced a Formula One car around the Nurburgring, only a GP2 car, but I had a good race then so I hope that experience will help me. I've also done lots of lap on the sim, so I hope I'm well prepared."

Thinking about Germany and the Eifel region

Nico "Going to Germany is a bit special for me as it's my home Grand Prix and the circuit, together with Hockenheim, is the one that I know the best. Racing in front of your home crowd is a real buzz and the German fans in particular are really passionate about the sport, so there'll be a good atmosphere. After a long break since the last race, I can't wait to get back out on track now and getting another good result would make the weekend perfect for me."

Kazuki "It's a beautiful part of the world, and very close to Cologne which I've visited lots of times as I have a lot of Japanese friends at Toyota. The German fans are really passionate, but I think this year they will be more so because of Vettel and Nico who are doing a great job."

-credit: williams

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Formula 1
Teams Williams