Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

With Ferrari’s first win of the year occurring two weeks ago at the British Grand Prix, all eyes will be on Fernando Alonso at this weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring to see if he can repeat his performance and inject some much needed excitement into this year’s F1 season.

However, German-native Sebastian Vettel no doubt will be keen for a win in front of his home crowd and a chance to extend his staggering lead over the field. And while fellow Germans Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, Adrian Sutil and Timo Glock would all love to do the same, we’re sure they’d be happy just to take home some much needed points.

Moving down the line, Lotus’ third driver Karun Chandhok will replace Jarno Trulli for this weekend’s race.

The Nurburgring is a circuit that needs no introduction but unlike the F1 drivers of yesteryear, today’s crop will be racing around the smaller and much tamer Grand Prix race track built in 1984. The track may not offer many opportunities for overtaking, though it remains one of the safest.

Sebastian Vettel remains at the top of the Drivers’ Championship points table with a clear lead of 80 points over second placed Mark Webber, who stands on 124 points. With his latest win, Fernando Alonso stands in third place with 112 points and is just ahead of fourth placed Lewis Hamilton of McLaren on 109 points.

Not surprisingly, Red Bull Racing is leading the Constructors’ Championship with 328 points, followed by McLaren on 218 points and Ferrari on 164 points.

Follow our complete coverage of the 2011 Formula 1 German Grand Prix this weekend and stay tuned for our race recap on Monday.