Germany’s World Cup rout of Brazil means F1 fans get ticket discount

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Rare is it the worlds of World Cup football and Formula One intersect, but we have that occasion this week as a result of the German Grand Prix’ organizers plans going to plan as much as the Brazilian football team’s did versus Germany on Tuesday.

The organizers planned an 11 euro discount for each goal the Germans scored against Brazil. Problem was, I doubt they realized that the Germans would come out absolutely on fire in their 7-1 whitewashing (more via ProSoccerTalk, here) of the host country.

So with that result in the books, ticket prices are discounted 77 euros over the next 48 hours. Per Autoweek, that means seats originally priced at e245 ($333.34) and e295 ($401.37) can now be purchased for e168 ($228.58) and e218 ($296.61), respectively. Fans win on that front.

There’s several drivers on the grid that can win too, if the Germans beat the Argentineans in Sunday’s World Cup Final (Argentina won 3-2 in 1986 versus Germany; lost 0-1 to Germany in 1990, via PST).

There’s four Germans on the grid that would have the chance to see their home country win their fourth overall World Cup, and second in all four drivers’ lifetimes.

Adrian Sutil (born 1983), Nico Rosberg (1985), Sebastian Vettel (1987) and Nico Hulkenberg (1987) were all seven years of age or less when Germany took its last World Cup triumph in 1990.

As this is an off weekend for F1, all will have the chance to see the match first-hand.

Argentina, meanwhile, has not been represented on an F1 grid since Gaston Mazzacane’s year-plus stint with Minardi and Prost in 2000 and 2001.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.