MOTORSPORT /// F1 /// 2014 GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY (18.7.2014 – 20.7.2014) /// UNWANTED COMMENTARY: SHALL WE DO THIS ON DELAY? /// P2……

  • Guten tag!
  • Willkommen nach Deutschland!
  • …Is that how you say it?
  • …Bygones.
  • The 2014 Grand Prix of Germany.
  • …It’s here.
  • …It’s happening.
  • So…
  • …This is Free Practice 2.
  • …It is on NBCSN (in the US).
  • …And, it is being aired on delay.
  • …It’s not me, just being tardy, this time.
  • While Red Bull’s perpetually stoked Daniel Ricciardo dances for his engineers…
  • …And Caterham radios Ericsson an order to stop on track.
  • …A little look at the circuit.
  • Hockenheimring.
  • …Which has alternated with Nürburgring in hosting the German GP over the past few seasons.
  • …Though, this will be the last Hockenheim round for a while, with Nürburgring taking over for the next few seasons.
  • …Anyway…
  • …The circuit is 4.574km (2.842mi) long.
  • …It shaped like a heeled bootie.
  • …So, lots of sharp turns.
  • …And is run clockwise.
  • …On raceday, there will be 67 laps.
  • …Which brings the total distance travelled to 306.458km (190.424mi).
  • In 2013…
  • …It was held at Nürburgring.
  • …With Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on the top step.
  • …Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen in second.
  • …And Lotus’ Romain Grosjean in third.
  • The last time it was at Hockenheim (2012)…
  • …Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took first.
  • …His second consecutive win at Hockenheim.
  • …McLaren’s Jenson Button took second.
  • …And Lotus’ Räikkönen in third.
  • Free Practice 1…
  • …A typical Mercedes domination.
  • …Nico Rosberg in first and Lewis Hamilton in second.
  • …Alonso in third.
  • …Ricciardo in fourth.
  • …Button in fifth.
  • …And so on.
  • …The Williams of Valtteri Bottas had a little technical tantrum early on.
  • …But, some ex-DTM dude named Susie Wolff was driving and they got him right back out and in 15th place in his second Practice session of the season.
  • …Face, bitches; face.
  • …Rocked it like a hurricane.
  • …(Go Susie!!!)
  • Kobayashi’s Caterham goes off.
  • …After a ‘no brakes’ call.
  • …Fire extinguishers are out.
  • …Kobayashi and a few marshals pulling those triggers.
  • Because this is Germany, just a reminder of who is flying the German flag…
  • …Nico Rosberg, Mercedes.
  • …Nico “Mr Incredible” Hülkenberg, Force India.
  • …Adrian “Not a Nico” Sutil, Sauber.
  • …And, some other dude not named Nico, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull.
  • …Rosberg had a special helmet designed to celebrate Germany’s World Cup win, but it was pulled after FIFA complained over copyright infringement.
  • …Because, that’s a primary focus of the world today.
  • …There is nothing, nothing, else we could possibly focus our attention on.
  • …Starting with the positive feeling of flattery.
  • …Evil.  Just evil.
  • …Anyway, Rosberg had it altered to be more douchey lawsuit-friendly.
  • Kobayashi’s Caterham is being hauled back to the garage.
  • …(Still) in a cloud.
  • …No word on whether there is anyone there to receive it, though.
  • …If you’ve not heard, under new ownership, Caterham has been cleaning house.
  • …Somewhere around 50 people were let go.
  • …Rather abruptly, word has it.
  • …I have a theory that Caterham was just trying to race Ferrari.
  • …After hearing all that mouthing off involving “Heads will roll” from the Italian firm.
  • …Oh, speak of the devil.
  • …The NBCSN crew just mentioned that heads have, in fact, started to roll at Ferrari.
  • …Well, game on.
  • …Any other teams want to play?
  • …(Please, say ‘no’.)
  • …In the Caterham restructuring, American reserve Alexander Rossi was dropped.
  • …He’s picked up another GP2 ride for the weekend.
  • …But, where he will go (from here) is anyone’s guess.
  • …It would appear he is available should Haas need any help, building their team.
  • …Seems like a solid segue to Silly Season, doesn’t it?
  • Silly Season…
  • …Well, with one more round before summer break, it is that time of year (again).
  • …Silly Season.
  • …Which is more about stupid speculation than it is contracts.
  • …Rosberg is (officially) out of Silly Season.
  • …He resigned with Mercedes, a multi-year contract, earlier this week.
  • …Following his ultra-low key wedding, finally marrying his girlfriend of forever (no, seriously, I think they’ve been together since their teens), Vivian.
  • …There was one photo, shared by Rosberg.
  • …From the little I know about them, being very quiet (she seems very shy, one of my favorite “WaGs” to see trackside), just pretty cool…
  • …I’m trying not to use “bohemian”.
  • …But, along those laid-back, cool, lines.
  • …From what I could see, her dress and accessories were gorgeous, absolutely perfect.
  • …So, congrats upon congrats to Nico and Vivian.
  • …And, thank you to Nico, for rocking Silly Season.
  • …Again, like the wedding photo, it was Rosberg who posted a photo of himself, signing the contract.
  • …The guy is just smart and controlled, on and off the track.
  • …(And, seems nice.)
  • …(Maybe) the son of Keke picked up a few things along the way.
  • I’m purposely not mentioning the FRIC system ban.
  • …Honestly, I don’t feel like I understand it all and the debate over it well enough to.
  • …Simple as that.
  • …The basics are that it’s a suspension system that some teams use, some don’t, there’s an aerodynamic effect, it may or may not have an unfair advantage for some teams, yada, yada, yada.
  • …Use is under review, in a holding pattern, with all teams FRIC-free this weekend.
  • …And, for the foreseeable future, I do believe.
  • Moving onto things I know more about…
  • …Mr Dr Meredith Grey of ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is at Hockenheim.
  • …Yep.
  • …Patrick Dempsey was hanging out at the Williams garage (earlier).
  • …He’s at Hockenheim for the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup.
  • …His Porsche, outfitted in Martini stripes.
  • …I guess he did a little interview with Susie.
  • …Because, sometimes, the weird dreams of ‘C&GS’ do come true.
  • Also at Hockenheim…
  • …Over at Ferrari…
  • …The WRC’s favorite Spaniard, Dani Sordo, was hanging out with Alonso.
  • …Because, you know, Spain.
  • …A WRC veteran, he (also) knows Kimi.
  • …And, probably, loves him.
  • …Sordo seems to love Finns.
  • …Of course, everyone loves Sordo, so…
  • …Yeah, that’s as far as that thought went.
  • …I’ve not seen any shots of him with the Finn, though.
  • …Yet.
  • As Mercedes mechanics rush over to fan smoke from Rosberg’s car.
  • …These cars are so sensitive.
  • …Especially, this season.
  • …Everyone’s brakes are in constant danger of going out, of not causing the cars to just burst into flames.
  • …The weather cannot be helping, either.
  • …Practices were held with air temperatures around 90F.
  • …Putting the track temperature at (about) 100 billion.
  • …Sunday could be stormy, but it’s all sun and heat until then.
  • …Tomorrow is expected to be in the mid-90s.
  • …So, watch for flaming brakes.
  • …Especially, if drivers are adjusting (at all) for an absence of FRIC.
  • P2 ends…
  • …The Mercedes drivers swap places, putting Hamilton ahead of Rosberg.
  • …Ricciardo, Räikkönen, and Magnussen round out the top five.
  • …No real surprises.
  • …Kimi, aside, maybe.
  • …Recall that not only has he had a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad season, but he had that absolutely hideous, massive crash at Silverstone.
  • …Which resulted in some nasty bruising for the very lucky Kimi and a race-delaying hour of barrier repair for Silverstone.
  • …So, go Kimi!!!
  • …You can only take practice sessions with so many grains of salt.
  • …But, improvements are nice to see.
  • …Hope is good for the mind.
  • …And, the mind is the most critical of all parts trained by drivers.
  • Tomorrow will be Practice 3 and the three knock-out rounds of Qualifying.
  • …Qualifying will air (in the US) at 8am ET on CNBC.
  • …A rebroadcast will air at noon ET on NBCSN.
  • …Neither of those works for me, so…I may have to give this round a miss.
  • …I will check listings and go from there.
  • …Because, I know how deeply people care.
  • …(No one reads these.)
  • …To be continued…
  • Auf Wiedersehen!
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