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The ‘drama’ of the Germans in F1: after 40 years they risk big


There is a Germany that wins, with the Mercedes, and there is one Germany sinking: Formula 1 is giving away this too. And it’s not just for the performance of Sebastian Vettel, that between personal errors, of teammates and (above all) problems of his Ferrari he seems only a distant relative of the boy capable of winning four world championships in a row with his Red Bull.

There is a serious risk that – a level of pilots – the powerful nation disappears from the starting grid in the 2021 World Cup. Discharged by the ‘Rossa’, not taken into consideration by its old team (“We are fully booked for next year” he cut short Helmut Marko, ex pilot and very influential adviser of the Austrian team), Seb is currently without a contract for the coming year and the horizon does not seem to give him anything good. And, it’s not a detail, it’s today the only Teutonic to compete in the Circus: Nico Rosberg he said goodbye to the company after boasting the world title and the sailed Nico Hulkenberg he remained on foot after his experience with Renault and now he can only comment on the Grand Prix for a Cologne-based radio station.

In 1981, and we’re talking about forty years ago, not even a German was at the start of the world championship. The following year they both found a place Manfred Winkelhock, behind the wheel of a German Ats (Auto Technisches Spezialzubehör, for fans), which Jochen Mass: the latter, albeit without fault, with his March was involved in the tragic accident that in Zolder, Belgium, forced Gilles Villeneuve, the idol of millions of fans of the Prancing Horse, from life.

Some free cabin is still there and some new teams could enter F1, but at the moment the Germans are at risk. And they must cling to the silver arrows. But led by a British phenomenon, Lewis Hamilton, and by a good Finn, Valtteri Bottas.

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