Pirelli has confirmed the tire selections that teams have made for Formula 1’s return to Germany at Hockenheim in two weeks’ time.
The German Grand Prix was shelved in 2015 after officials at the Nurburgring failed to strike an agreement with F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone, lapsing on the deal to alternate hosting the race with Hockenheim.
Pirelli confirmed earlier this year that teams would be able to use medium, soft and super-soft tires at Hockenheim, with their selections being published on Tuesday.
Championship contenders Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have mirrored one another’s tire selections, plumping for eight sets of super-softs, four sets of softs and one set of mediums.
Only Force India is taking multiple sets of mediums to the race (three), the team going for the most conservative plan with four sets of softs and six of the super-soft tire. Ferrari, McLaren and Sauber have gone down a more aggressive route, opting for nine sets of super-softs.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto