This weekend will see the first German Grand Prix without Michael Schumacher since 1991, not counting 1999, when he was out with injury. Of course, the seven-time world champion was absent from last year's European GP at the Nurburgring, but Hockenheim is the one that really counts, as most German drivers will tell you.
Schumacher (and indeed his brother Ralf) may be gone, but there will be five home drivers in this weekend's race, and it will be interesting to see how the crowd greets each of them. Nick Heidfeld is no stranger to the partisan crowd, and has the best chance of getting on the podium. But Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Sebastian Vettel and Timo Glock are all part of a new generation. For the last three this will be the first experience of a German GP at Hockenheim.
Glock admits that it's going to be a special weekend for him: "I would say so, because it's just 45 minutes away from my home town. But until I was in GP2, I never watched an F1 race there. The only time I watched a Grand Prix was when we drove together with Formula BMW at the Nurburgring, and when F3 was together with F1 in Magny-Cours. Those were the only times I've been to F1 races!