So after a 2 week break after the back-to-back races of France and Britain we come to the (once) mighty Hockenheim in Germany. A track that was along with Monza arguably the fastest track on F1 calendar with top speeds in excess of 220mph. Sadly like many of the great tracks (Spa, Monza, Nurburgring, Silverstone, Imola) it's been watered down in the name of safety, but with exception of the Nurburgring I can't think of any track that has been butchered as much as this track has! truly unforgivable. This is looking like it could be a very competitive race, there's places to overtake and with the resurgent McLaren team, it could possibly be the 2nd race this season that Schumi just might not win, he's never gone especially well at his home GP (that said he's won it twice, and the most a driver has ever won the German GP is 3 times, Fangio, Senna, Piquet and Stewart) and this year the Ferraristone team is so competitive that it's difficult to imagine any other winner. The McLaren MP4-19B had a quite stunning debut at Silverstone, closing the performance difference to the Ferrari by about half a second, but still about .8 off the pace per lap in the race. Either way, McLaren are making some big noises about further improvements since Silverstone and judging by the Schumacher Vs. Räikkönen duel we've just had in 2nd Practice it looks like it could be an exciting quali and race. As for notable changes, well Gene has been replaced by Pizzonia at BMW Williams and seems to be bang on the pace of Montoya so far. It'll be interesting to see how he copes with the pressures of the race though, something that let him down last year when he was racing with Jaguar. Toyota launch a heavily revised car here, with the much vaunted input of new Technical Director Mike Gascogyne, but so far, they've failed to show pace in the first 2 practice sessions and I can't imagine them seeing any big increase in performance especially when Sauber now have their new Wind Tunnel doing the biz! So then... predictions. Quali will be a close one, but here we go... 1. Räikkönen 2. Schumacher 3. Montoya 4. Barrichello 5. Button 6. Pizzonia Race. 1. Schumacher 2. Räikkönen 3. Barrichello 4. Montoya 5. Button 6. Alonso Thoughts??