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Can Rosberg Bounce Back?

The Formula 1 championship heads to Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, Nico Rosberg’s “second” home race after the German declared Monaco as his other home away from home. But will the home town favourite be able to stop Lewis Hamilton who has now notched up his fifth win in six races.

The defending champion could have made it six from six had it not been for his poor qualifying session in Baku and the technical problem he was unable to fix during the race. Rosberg also relinquished the lead in the championship for the first time this season and will want to bounce back with a win and maximum points.

Hamilton on the other hand has found his groove once more but the Brit is not getting ahead of himself just yet. He has been quick to remind everyone that he has fewer power units available than his teammate and will ultimately have to start from the back of the grid at some stage in the season. The aim right now is to increase the gap between him and Rosberg until that day arrives.

Meanwhile, behind the Mercedes duo and the fight for the championship, the battle rages on for the last place on the podium and second place in the constructor’s title. Red Bull have clawed their way back into the contest to trail Ferrari by a single point. They can smell the blood in the water and they are making their way closer for the kill.

Daniel Ricciardo looked like a relieved man on the podium in Hungary after the Aussie finally got the better of his young teammate, Max Verstappen, who for once came under criticism rather than praise. The Dutchmen put in a robust defence against Kimi Räikkönen making some harsh movements under braking, which according the rules of Formula 1 is not allowed, but the stewards ruled in favour of the youngster and he was never penalised.

After such a stunning start to the season Ferrari have taken a few steps back in their title challenge while their competitors have remained on the front foot. It was announced that technical chief, James Allison, parted ways with the Scuderia on amicable terms after 3 years with the team.

Ferrari are yet to win a race this year and trail championship leaders Mercedes by over 150 points and with Red Bull breathing down their necks the frustration can be heard from both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen every time they get on the radio. Well, the very few times that we get to hear radio communications.

My picks from last week were pretty close to spot on although it was a different Red Bull on the podium. Once again the battle will be between the Mercedes boys for the win while Red Bull will look to overtake Ferrari in the constructor’s championship.

  1. Nico Rosberg 2. Lewis Hamilton 3. Daniel Ricciardo

Enjoy the race and if you’re taking a bet, the best of luck to you. You can also catch me on Twitter @ChrisFletch46 for questions, comments and all sorts of banter.

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