The drivers line up at the end of the grid for the “End Racism” message. And we get an slightly ear-bothering solo-violinist version of the German national anthem.
Lewis Hamilton has called in a problem with his steering wheel over the radio – a comfort problem rather than a safety problem. Sounds like it was an issue yesterday and the team were not given permission to fix ir overnight.
The cars are just beginning to emerge from the pit lane. As the grid begins to take shape, here’s Giles again, on Hamilton, Schumacher and the relentless pursuit of victory.
Hello all and welcome to lap-by-lap coverage of the F1 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. The main source of interest is, of course, Lewis Hamilton’s attempt to match Michael Schumacher’s F1 record of 91 race wins. He couldn’t get it done last time out in Russia and that was from pole – this time he starts on the front row of the grid but behind his in-form teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Here’s Giles Richards’ report from qualifying:
It’ll also be interesting to see how Nico Hulkenberg goes. The German has replaced the ill Lance Stroll for Racing Point and was handily working with broadcasters nearby in Cologne. He’s at the very back of the grid after his emergency call-up and has had just four laps round the track in preparation for the race. It’s been a abridged preparation for all of the drivers, with the first two practice sessions called off thanks to the weather.
Speaking of which, there are a few clouds gathering above the Nürburgring which could lead to some showers later on.
The lights go green at 1.10pm BST or thereabouts.