F1 diary 2012 (part 10): Germany

F1 diary 2012 (part 10): Germany
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H ockenheim is my home race. Not just because it takes place in Germany, but because Hockenheim is in Baden. The region in which I grew up. And in which I learned the Baden dialect, which I sometimes find difficult to suppress to this day. So there were no communication problems. In general, one should suggest to Bernie Ecclestone that this race should be renamed the Baden Grand Prix.

Formula 1 speaks German

On the other hand, this Grand Prix had not to offer too much that is exciting and new for me either. I've been to Hockenheim for what feels like 200 races in other series and knew the paddock inside out. I just had to get used to not speaking English to the staff in the press center, as is usual in Formula 1.

My home in Baden was not exactly friendly at the end of July. On Friday it rained throughout the training. I always like to tell you that we Baden can enjoy the most hours of sunshine of the year. That was probably the famous demonstration effect. Nevertheless, the audience got their money's worth. Because Michael Schumacher and Co. put spectacular pirouettes and shows on the floor.

Difficult to find the right words

A big advantage of the home Grand Prix: long car journeys are avoided. The trip to the hotel in Walldorf, only a few kilometers away, was done quickly. But that's no wonder when colleague Michael 'Impatience' Schmidt is at the wheel. Another advantage of the nearby hotel: For once there is time to chat with German colleagues over a beer. Because most of them also moved their temporary residence to Walldorf.

But there was also a German-Swiss exchange in Hockenheim. As a journalist, I experienced for the first time how my counterpart must fare when I pester him with questions and hold my dictation machine in front of his nose. My dear colleague Vanessa Georgoulas asked me and another colleague for an interview for the business journalist magazine, which wanted to report on female journalists in the male domain of Formula 1. Only then did I notice how difficult it can be to find the right words at times.

Vettel gets off the track

But others had it at Hockenheimcompletely lost the language. For example, those responsible for Red Bull when there was another hassle about their engine mapping before the race, which was surprisingly examined by FIA technical inspector Jo Bauer. The media tried to get a statement from Christian Horner and Co. just a few hours before the race. First the pack waited in front of the box, then in front of the motorhome. But everyone involved was taciturn.

In the end, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber started as planned from their actual starting positions. However, the race for local hero Vettel did not go off without a penalty. Because he had left the track with all four wheels when overtaking Jenson Button and thus gained an advantage, he was only rated fifth instead of second.


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