F1 | Gp Germany, PRESENTATION by Gian Carlo Minardi “Keep an eye on Red Bull”

After a year the German Grand Prix will come back to the Hockenheim circuit where Pirelli’s stronger tyres will make their debuts. The Milanese tyre maker will bring its Medium, Soft and UltraSoft mixes. Hamilton and Vettel have “marked” each other man to man with the same number of sets of each mix, whereas Bottas and Raikonnen have mixed their choices.

We have reached the halfway point of a very long championship with Ferrari that will take to the start with its morale high and at the top of both ladders and Mercedes that cannot make any more mistakes. However, we must not underestimate the two Red Bulls that could come out by exploiting its excellent chassis, especially in the mixed/slow part of the track. As happened two weeks ago at Silverstone, we will have a highly fought qualifying on the edge of thousandths of a second and a race that will be decided by strategies and weather that could give the cars in red an advantage since the prediction for Sunday is for a sunny day.

I am pleased to see Antonio Giovinazzi in action once more with the Alfa Romeo Sauber. I hope that this is a good sign for his future. It will not be easy coming to conclusions since the teams’ plans for Friday usually involve a mix of work with their drivers in order to collect the greatest number of indicators for qualifying and the race.

There has been much talk in recent days about Liberty Media’s new proposal of changing the system of points. Fernando had said that he is opposed to the move as it opens the points to twenty drivers which would reduce his worth and he used as an example the uproar that was raised by Jules Bianchi’s ninth place with Marussia that was the result of a masterpiece of race at Monte Carlo. For many years I found myself fighting with my cars to enter into the top six, therefore the chance to widen the ladder could also be positive. It would help to increase the spectacle in the back lots with more tussles.

I have the impression that they want to draw attention away from much more important problems since this would require giving the Technical Regulations instead of the Sporting Regulations that do not change F1’s image. We need resolve the issue of the future engines, even if the four constructors seem oriented to continuing with the Power Units.

Gian Carlo Minardi