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Dunlop Debate: Predictions for the Nürburgring Grand Prix

Thiemo Vs Kiran - can we agree on anything?

1y ago

Ahead of the German Grand Prix this weekend, Kiran Ganesh and I thought we'd put our heads together and make some predictions about it. Seeing as we don't often seem to agree on much when talking about Formula 1, we thought this would be a fun thing to do and for you to witness. So for this first edition, we thought we'd keep it simple - here's what we came up with.

Who's going to be on pole position ahead of the race?

Thiemo Albers-Daly:

Lewis Hamilton - With eight out of ten pole positions to his name so far this season, this one seems to be a bit of a no-brainer to me. He just finds speed in places nobody else can and manages to pull it out of the bag at the last second to steal it away from someone else.

Kiran Ganesh:

Valtteri Bottas for pole. Valtteri Bottas is on form and he will continue to be on form. He knows he has nothing to lose now that Verstappen is far behind in the title. Porridge power pole position coming.

Who's making it onto the podium this weekend?

Thiemo Albers-Daly:

The Nürburgring is always an interesting place to go racing, with plenty of drama taking place there over the years. Despite this, I think Hamilton will still win the race. But for second place, I'm going to say Max Verstappen because you can never count him out and for third, I'm going to be a little hopeful and say Ricciardo. He's been really close to getting onto the podium recently and if anyone can do it, it's him. Plus I really want to see Cyril get that tattoo.

Kiran Ganesh:

Hamilton will probably have some sort of problem in the race and finish outside the podium, making Bottas win easily. Max will have a lonely race again and come second and Perez will take the scraps to finish 3rd.

Which driver will get the fastest lap?

Thiemo Albers-Daly:

Bottas seems to like going for the fastest lap and has managed to get it twice this year so far. If he can't get onto the podium (which would help my Ricciardo getting third prediction) then I think he'll settle for fastest lap and make a charge for it towards the end of the race.

Kiran Ganesh:

Ricciardo will get the fastest lap on the last lap, like in Belgium!

Bold Prediction for the weekend:

Thiemo Albers-Daly:

George Russell (and Williams) get their first points of the year this weekend. There's been plenty of drama this year and if there's mixed conditions in Germany, then I reckon Williams could capitalize on this. It's a just the right level in terms of a bold prediction because you can still see it happening.

Kiran Ganesh:

Extremely bold prediction of the weekend - Callum Illot will be the fastest Haas in FP1. 😬

What do you think of our predictions? Agree of disagree with us? Or do you have a completely different opinion? Let us know in the comments below. And if you have any questions that you want us to debate on, please feel free to leave them in the comments too and we'll choose the best ones to include in the next part of this series.

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Comments (83)

  • 1. Hamilton

    2. Ricciardo

    3. Verstappen

    honestly idk, bc we haven’t seen this track in a long time, so we don’t know who’s dominant on it, and how the cars preform on it as well

      1 year ago
    • Ricciardo in P2 would put a smile on my face, especially if he gets to beat Max in the process. Hamilton in first makes sense because...well it's Hamilton. And with the weather forecast looking mixed, you never know what else might happen. 😱

        1 year ago
    • true! i’m really exited!! hopefully it’s a great race! 😅

        1 year ago
  • I would like anyone except a Mercedes driver to win the title to make the sport I once enjoyed exciting again. The championship is too predictable.

    2014 Hamilton / Mercedes. 2015 Hamilton / Mercedes. 2016 Rosberg / Mercedes.

    2017 Hamilton / Mercedes. 2018 Hamilton / Mercedes. 2019 Hamilton / Mercedes.

    2020 Hamilton / Mercedes. 2021 Hamilton / Mercedes? Zzzzzzzzzzzz

      1 year ago
    • Probably won't get your way this year - maybe next year if you're lucky. Can't blame Mercedes though, not their fault everyone else can't get their act together enough to beat them.

        1 year ago
  • potential to a crazy wild gp like in '99.

    dream: 1st - Saniz, 2nd - Norris, 3rd - Albon. Russell scores decent points.

    realistic: 1st - hamilton, 2nd - bottas, 3rd - Max

      1 year ago
  • I said Stroll for P3 last time and well... he only just made it past T3 😅

    But I’ll go again:




    This time I’m placing a safe bet...

      1 year ago
  • Perez on pole in the wet. Leading Verstappen and Bottas


    3) Ricciardo

    2) Perez

    1) Verstappen

    Both Mercs will have issues in the wet trying to keep tyres warm.

    Russel to score a point at least. Both Alpha Tauri top 10

      1 year ago
    • Some bold predictions there. Not sure about the Mercs having issues but it would spice things up a bit for sure. Both Alpha Tauri cars getting in the top ten is definitely doable - and I really hope Russell finally gets to score at least one...

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        1 year ago
    • Whoa I'd love that!

        1 year ago