In a quick reply to all the fireworks at Siverstone – more political than on track – we now find ourselves on the eve of the German Grand Prix at the slightly neutered version of the Nurburgring.

Whilst all the talk will be about Pirelli and whether or not there will be a repeat of the incidents in Britain. And we hope both the FIA and all the teams come together to support the beleaguered brand. Formula One tyres are like tennis balls and footballs in their respective sports – it’s the constant that all participants have to adapt to using no matter what. Only in F1 does it become a tool in political wrangles.

But we digress.

It’s been two years since the last time F1 cars raced on track here in anger, and Lewis Hamilton took home the victory. How times have changed, and how the Brit will be desperate to repeat the achievement now teammate Nico Rosberg is 2-0 up wins. And, if he achieves it, he’d cancel out Nico winning on his home soil by winning on the German’s.

Or his tyre could go pop again. There’s always that factor.

Fernando Alonso clawed some much needed points back by getting on the podium at Silverstone. Coupled with Sebastian Vettel’s gearbox giving up the ghost, it was a much needed boost in the Spaniard’s title chances this season. He seems to think the Ferrari needs more pace and he’s right – qualifying 10th last time out isn’t what he needs and the Italian marque will need to up their game as we move into the mid point of the season.

Or his tyre could go pop. There’s always that factor.

As for Vettel, the German Grand Prix starts off the dreaded month of July. The Red Bull driver has never won a race in this 4 week period since he started winning in 2009. He’s had plenty of podiums and always finished in the points in the last 4 Julys, but we’re always going to focus on the negatives aren’t we? It’s like cheering when he breaks down – who would do such a thing?

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