Germans in top gear

Germans have a lot to celebrate at the moment following their World Cup victory over the weekend, and they may be in high spirits again this Sunday at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. 

Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands will be at PD’s in Galleria Plaza to watch the race on delayed TV as usual, from 9 a.m.  

Club organizer Danny Roach is resigned to a Mercedes one-two at the end of the season, but with the recent changes in the rules on car suspensions, he thinks the Williams cars may close the gap.  

Whatever happens, there will be lots of thrills and likely another tight Mercedes showdown.  

In total contrast to the buzz from a comeback victory at home in Silverstone, Lewis Hamilton faces Nico Rosberg’s vociferous German support. Rosberg retired at Silverstone.  

And as if the air horns and black, red and gold flags of the 120,000 fans packed into the circuit’s stands were not enough to charge the atmosphere for Hamilton’s newly married teammate, the World Cup win is huge inspiration for the football-mad Rosberg.  

Hamilton’s fifth victory of the season – and first since the Spanish Grand Prix in May – gave his title challenge fresh momentum and he now trails Rosberg in the drivers’ championship by only four points. 

Mercedes arrive at their home race off eight wins in nine races and with a comfortable lead in the constructors’ championship. 

The U.K.-based team wants to extend that advantage and secure their first home win since Juan Manuel Fangio won 60 years ago. 

Roach said that the club will again raise some more funds and in-kind services for the Humane Society. At the screening of the Austrian race last month, $240 was raised from auctioning two team shirts.  

Roach said that authentic team shirts will be auctioned again and there will be plenty of door prizes too.  

He stressed that the Humane Society does not just need cash, but also donations of such things as cat and dog food, used towels, food bowls, leashes, collars and volunteers to help walk the dogs. It also needs people to adopt or foster dogs. 


Nico Rosberg has plenty of reasons to be happy. – PHOTO: AP

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