F1: German Grand Prix Preview Start Time, TV, Weather and Schedule

F1: German Grand Prix Preview Start Time, TV, Weather and Schedule

F1: German Grand Prix Preview Start Time, TV, Weather and Schedule


The German Grand Prix is back. Hockenheim, Germany hosts the 12 race of the season Sunday.

The German race marks the end of the 1st half of the season, and the beginning of the 4-week Summer break.

Lewis Hamilton leads the championship for the 1st time this season after a strong at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

On the constructors’ side, MercedesAMG are once again in the lead the title, but Ferrari lead Red Bull by one point for 2nd place in what should be a battle for the rest of the season.

From Y’s 1977 to 2006, the Hockenheimring hosted the German Grand Prix every year except for Y 1985. Then, from Y’s 2008 to 2014, the race alternated between Hockenheim and the Nurburgring before the latter’s financial troubles forced the race to be cancelled last season.

Now it looks like Hockenheim will get the German race full-time and the Formula One group will become the promoter, keeping all revenues, including all the local subsidies.

The last 2 German Grands Prix were won by German drivers: Sebastian Vettel in Y 2013 and Nico Rosberg in Y 2014. The Schumacher Brothers are the only other Germans to win their home race in the F1 world championship era since Y 1950..

Here are the Top 10 drivers heading into the German Grand Prix:

Position            Driver                    Points         
1. Lewis Hamilton 192
2. Nico Rosberg 186
3. Daniel Ricciardo 115
4. Kimi Raikkonen 114
5. Sebastian Vettel 110
6. Max Verstappen 100
7. Valtteri Bottas 56
8. Sergio Perez 47
9. Felipe Massa 38
10. Carlos Sainz Jr. 30

So far, MercedesAMG look certain to take a 3rd straight constructors’ title. But Ferrari and Red Bull are locked in a battle for 2nd place, and it will be interesting to see whether Force India can continue to catch up to Williams for 4th.

Here is the table for the Constructors’ Championship:

Position Team Points
1. Mercedes 378
2. Ferrari 224
3. Red Bull 223
4. Williams 94
5. Force India 74
6. Toro Rosso 45
7. McLaren 38
8. Haas 28
9. Renault 6
10. Manor 1
11. Sauber 0

The official F1 website’s destination guide notes that, “By northern European standards, Hockenheim is traditionally a hot race. Temperatures are usually in the high 20C’s, so dress accordingly.

This Grand Prix weekend should be no exception, with highs between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius for the 3 days of on-track running, according to AccuWeather at the time of this report.

Rain looks unlikely, with the forecast calling for sun and some clouds over the weekend.

Here are the times for the three free practice sessions, qualifying and the race:

Session Day Time
Practice 1 Friday 10 a
Practice 2 Friday 2 p
Practice 3 Saturday 11 a
Qualifying Saturday 2 p
Race Sunday 2 p

The above times are in local Hockenheim time (CEST, UTC+2). You can convert the times to your local time zone using the helpful tool on the official F1 website.


TV Times

In the United Kingdom, Sky Sports F1 will have live coverage of all the sessions. The programming start times are as follows (all times BST):

Session Day Time
Practice 1 Friday 8:45 a.
Practice 2 Friday 1 p
Practice 3 Saturday 9:45 a
Qualifying Saturday 12 p
Race Sunday 11:30 .

Channel 4 will show free-to-air highlights from qualifying and the race.

In the United States, NBC has live coverage of all the sessions on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app, with programming start times as follows (all times EDT):

Session Day Time
Practice 1 Friday 4 a (NBC Sports app)
Practice 2 Friday 8 a (NBCSN)
Practice 3 Saturday 5 a (NBC Sports app)
Qualifying Saturday 8 a (NBCSN)
Race Sunday 7 a (NBCSN)

Enjoy the racing this weekend.


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