The skies are mostly sunny above the Hockenheim Circuit, home of the 2012 Formula 1 German Grand Prix, though some cloud scatter is expected to appear during race time later today and could lead to rain.

The current temperature is a chilly 55 degrees F (13 degrees C), though this should peak at around 72 degrees F (22 degrees C) at race time.

Humidity levels are a high 87 percent and there is just a hint of wind coming from the north.

Despite rain marring much of qualifying yesterday, and the weather remaining mostly unpredictable for today, the current forecast says we’ll have a dry race. As we saw in Silverstone in the final stages of the British GP, tire strategy is crucial, and this will again be a key factor at Hockenheim. Pirelli has brought its P Zero White medium compound and P Zero Yellow soft rubber for the race.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will be starting on pole, though the Spaniard will have his work cut out for him with Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber starting in the second and third positions. Local hero Michael Schumacher and his Mercedes-AMG will be starting on fourth, and hopefully will provide some more action.

Going into the race, Fernando Alonso is leading the points table with a tally of 129, followed by Mark Webber on 116. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel lies third with 100 points, while Lewis Hamilton, who is racing in his 100th GP, is on 92 points.

In the Constructors' battle, Red Bull Racing has a gaping 216-point advantage over Ferrari (152), with Lotus third at 144 points, McLaren fourth with 142 and Mercedes-AMG still in the double digits in fifth place with 98 points.

We hope you enjoy the 2012 German Grand Prix and remember to tune in tomorrow for our full race report.