German Grand Prix 2014: B/R Experts Predict Pole, Race Winner and More

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German Grand Prix 2014: B/R Experts Predict Pole, Race Winner and More
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Formula 1 continues to Germany for the first of back-to-back race weekends.

Hockenheim will provide an interesting test after Lewis Hamilton closed the deficit in the title race against Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Behind the dominant duo, the race to be the best of the rest is hotting up too, with Williams impressing, Red Bull consistent and intriguing challenges from the midfield.

Here are our best guesses as to how the race will play out:

 

Mark Patterson: Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have won their "home" Grands Prix this season, at Silverstone and Monte Carlo, respectively. But Monaco resident Rosberg considers Germany home, too, and he has better form than Hamilton. Behind Mercedes, Red Bull is the clear second-fastest team.

 

Oliver Harden: So just how much will the FRIC ban hurt Mercedes at the German Grand Prix? Maybe just enough for a surprise to occur in qualifying, with Valtteri Bottas currently enjoying the form of his life. It's hard to look beyond Lewis Hamilton for the victory, however, after his British GP win reset both his demeanour and the title battle.

 

Matthew Walthert: Winning at Silverstone was a big confidence boost for Hamilton, and he will put his qualifying troubles behind him to pick up his first pole since Spain. The two Mercs will have another close battle in the race, but with Hamilton leading and choosing when to pit, he will come out ahead.

 

Neil James: Lewis Hamilton is the man in form, and FRIC ban or no FRIC ban, the man who'll come away leading the title race going into the Hungarian Grand Prix. But it will be a race full of incident nonetheless, with several retirements. 

B/R Expert Picks: German GP
Columnist Mark Patterson Oliver Harden Matthew Walthert Neil James
Pole Position Nico Rosberg Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
Race Winner Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
Fastest Lap Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg
Top Team Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes
Number of Finishers 18 17 16 15

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Here's how we did at Silverstone, and what the results of the race did to our scores so far this season: 

 

B/R Expert Picks: After British GP
Columnist Mark Patterson Oliver Harden Matthew Walthert Neil James Bob Margolis RESULT
Pole Position Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg
Race Winner Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
Fastest Lap Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Nico Rosberg Lewis Hamilton> Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton
Top Team Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes
Number of Finishers 15 15 16 17 19 16
Britain Points 4 3 3 3 3 -
Points This Season 21 23 22 23 - -

 

How the Scores Are Calculated

The right answer earns you one point, except in the case of total finishers, where you can be two cars either side. However, if you predict the exact correct number of finishers, you pick up two points.

Feel free to play along in the comments to see how you fare against our predictions.

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