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Dominant Hamilton can rule Hockenheim

Dominant Hamilton can rule Hockenheim

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The Formula 1 roadshow has descended on the Hockenheimring this week for the German Grand Prix and all eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton.

The Brit has dominated proceedings this year and will, once again, start on pole on Sunday.

Hamilton to win @ 20/23

Hamilton took pole by 0.346 seconds, with Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly completing the first two rows of the grid.

The five-time world champion looked in imperious form and topped the time sheets even though he was feeling a bit under the weather.

His Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff, certainly appreciated his effort, saying over the radio: “Lewis, you never fail to amaze us.”

Backers of the defending Formula 1 champion will hope that he can add another German GP title to his collection, having won in 2008, 2011, 2016 and last year.

Hamilton has won seven grands prix in 2019, with Bottas taking two and Verstappen one and it seems inevitable that he will cruise to a sixth crown.

The Ferraris both broke down during qualifying, with Sebastian Vettel set to start from the back of the grid, and therefore it might be a Red Bull youngster who challenges the Mercedes dominance.

Verstappen to win @ 3/1

The Dutch starlet looks the heir apparent to Hamilton and has, at times, shown glimpses of what the future might hold once he is behind the wheel of a more competitive car.

That is not to say Red Bull have been bad this year, with Verstappen winning in Austria and sitting third in the standings, but given the Mercedes power, there would surely be no stopping the 21-year-old who seems confident for Sunday’s race.

“Good to be on the front row and we will see what happens tomorrow,” he said. “We could have got on pole but went wide at turn 8 – but, like I said, it was a good result.”

Sebastian Vettel podium position @ 57/20

Starting from the back of the grid will have annoyed Vettel in his home grand prix and no doubt spurred him on for the race.

Hamilton said post-qualifying that the Ferraris were quick and would have been right there had they not suffered mechanical problems.

While it is unlikely the four-time F1 champion will win, he will surely try to ruffle a few feathers on his way through the field.

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