It was a hectic week in Formula One, with the teams having been busy testing ahead of the German Grand Prix and the FIA making decisions on some of the technology that has been developed this year.
For round 12 of the season, the German GP was not expected to throw up so much technical interest. Yet surprisingly it included the launch of the new Super Aguri car, the FIA banning three different solutions, and every team bringing new parts to the race.
Hockenheim is now a fairly typical modern GP track without the long straights of yesteryear, is has the usual mix of fast and slow speed corners and only its abrasive surface sets it apart from other tracks. It demands medium to high downforce, good brakes and plenty of engine cooling. As a result, developments brought there will remain on the cars for the balance of the season (Monza apart).
The rough track surface, similarly to the Barcelona, punishes tyres, and the lack of really long corners means it's the rear tyres that take the loading from powering out of the slower sections. Hence the outside shoulders of the rear tyres tend to suffer and often blister in the hot ambient temperatures.