After back-to-back successes for Charles Leclerc, Sebastian Vettel earned an overdue win last time out when he took advantage of a strategical misstep from the Prancing Horse to overtake his team-mate in Singapore. While Lewis Hamilton is poised to win the world championship again—the Mercedes driver has a point lead over his team-mate Valtteri Bottas with six races remaining—recent races have been exciting in isolation, with Ferrari and Red Bull offering much more significant competition to the Silver Arrows. Those at the Sochi Autodrome on Sunday will hope for another fascinating encounter. Here are the key viewing details for the race and a preview of what's to come from Russia.
The Silver Arrows have won nine of the first 10 races and will certainly relish the prospect of taking their tally of wins into double figures at their home Grand Prix. Mercedes has won the last three races at Hockenheim, with Lewis Hamilton claiming each of the past two editions.
The year-old took the chequered flag at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, winning a seventh race of the season and extending his lead over teammate Valtteri Bottas to 39 points.
A five-time world champion, Hamilton singled out the current season as arguably the finest of his illustrious career. All the years at Mercedes we have maybe had 10 in a season but never seven in the first 10 so it definitely is an outlier and something we are really proud of.
A year ago, the German arrived into the race as the championship leader but crashed out at Hockenheim while in the lead. Hamilton won the race and the point swing towards the Briton marked a major momentum shift, with Hamilton triumphing seven of the next 10 GPs to defend his crown.
This season, Vettel is already points behind his rival and has not won since the Belgian Grand Prix last year, while Ferrari is also yet to win a race. Two weeks ago, the German plowed into the back of Max Verstappen's Red Bull, the latest in a series of high-profile mistakes that have followed since his retirement in Germany last year.
Hamilton, however, believes the four-time world champion will soon rediscover his mojo.
He's had a difficult race, but he's a four-time world champion. He will redeem himself if he feels he needs to, and he will come back stronger the next race.
That's what great athletes do.
The Hockenheimring, one of the most historic venues in Formula One history, hosts the race this year. Located in the town of Hockenheim, approximately 75 miles north-west of Stuttgart, the track first hosted the German Grand Prix in and each year between and , with the exception of The circuit was extensively shortened and renovated in , with the two main straights removed altogether to make it more spectator-friendly.
From until , Hockenheim and the Nurburgring shared the hosting rights of the German Grand Prix, which then became a biennial event in when it returned to Hockenheim.
This year marks the first time the track has hosted back-to-back German Grand Prix since Coverage of race day begins at a.
ET on Sunday, with the race scheduled to get underway just over 30 minutes later. The race will re-air at 7 p. Odds Bookmakers are backing Lewis Hamilton to make it three wins in three years in Germany.