Lewis Hamilton captured the pole position ahead of standings leader Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's qualifying run. Will he be able to take advantage of the grid position during the actual race?
That is just one of the burning questions heading into the 2013 German Grand Prix on Sunday.
The race is the ninth of the Formula One season and key for positioning as we approach the season's halfway point. With Vettel providing the rest of the field a little bit of an opening with his retirement at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the race at the top of the standings has gotten closer.
This should be a compelling afternoon of racing. Here's how you can watch the action:
The 26-year-old German will be looking to put on a show in front of fans in his home country and stave off the pursuit from his peers. Vettel's lead over Fernando Alonso shrunk to just 21 points after gearbox failure forced Vettel to retire at Silverstone.
Nico Rosberg came away victorious and moved into sixth place and within 50 points of Vettel for the lead.
Through the practice runs, Vettel looked to be primed to impress at the German Grand Prix, but Hamilton's pole-winning run on Saturday has created some doubts. Hamilton is now just 43 points behind Vettel in fourth place.
If Hamilton continues the momentum he created by obtaining the pole, he could vault himself higher in the standings. Here's a look at the official particulars from Formula-One.SpeedTV.com.
The Race Lineup and Current Standings
Here is the full lineup set with final qualifying times, per published report by The San Francisco Chronicle, via the Associated Press.
The respective racing teams are of course jockeying for position as well. Thanks to Vettel and Australian teammate Mark Webber, Red Bull Renault-Racing has an edge over Mercedes, but the German car maker is coming on strong.
Rosberg's win at Silverstone and Hamilton's pole position in the German Grand Prix's qualifying run is making things interesting.
Here is a look at the current team standings, per Formula-One.SpeedTV.com..
The Track and Weather
Opened in 1984, the GP-Strecke (Grand Prix Course) has not always been regarded as the most attractive or fun course to Formula One fans. But there were significant changes made in 2002 that improved driver's opportunities to pass other competitors.
As you can see from image above, the fifth, sixth and seventh turns are among the most challenging and potentially exciting of the course.
Per Accuweather.com, the forecast is 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit) for the race. There is no rain expected and the prediction is for a "sunny and pleasant" day.
Sounds like a great day for racing.
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