It would be nice to think that, much like an intermission during a play one is watching, the second half of the season will spring some surprises.
The fact is however, that with just this one race before the summer break, the only things that can spoil Mercedes party, other than the weather gods, is the team itself.
Yesterday, having seen Lewis Hamilton dominate all three practice session, we witnessed him walking back to his garage, chin almost touching his chest, helmet still in place, as his Mercedes smouldered in the background. And while we might think that all of the German team's problems are affecting him only, we know that Nico Rosberg has had problems.
Dismissing entirely the conspiracy theories in terms of Mercedes nobbling Lewis' car, the fact is the W05 Hybrid is vulnerable, indeed, every time one looks at it on race day one expects something to go wrong.
As a result of the damage done to Lewis' car yesterday, necessitating a new chassis, the Briton will start from the pitlane this afternoon, as will Kevin Magnussen who had a close encounter with the barriers after being caught out be the damp conditions at T1. Because the Dane posted a time in qualifying he will start ahead of the Mercedes.
The FIA's weathermen are forecasting a 45% chance of rain by 2pm (start time) rising to 60% by 3pm. But then weren't we getting similar warnings last week. On the other hand, yesterday was meant to be sunny all day but at the start of Q3 we got a shower, as Magnussen will testify.
No doubt Hamilton and Magnussen would love some of the wet stuff in order to improve their chances of rising through the field, while the rest of us want it in order to spice up the action at the front. For whilst there is talk of Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas "targeting" a win, this looks likely to be another Sunday afternoon stroll for Nico Rosberg.
Consequently, a drop of rain - or even an outbreak of fleas (long story) - might liven things up.
Based on the evidence of the practice sessions, it was Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Williams and McLaren, though this changed a little in the wake of qualifying. Rather than beating Rosberg in a straight fight, Vettel's best hope, and that of his rivals, is the reliability of the Mercedes.
Whilst the removal of FRIC didn't appear to make too much of an impact in Germany its absence has been apparent here, with Force India clearly losing out and Sauber gaining. On top of all its other problems, Lotus also appears to have been dealt another blow.
Putting the question of rain aside, today, as last week it will be interesting to watch Hamilton's progress, likewise Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen, no doubt all three will be hoping for some silliness at the firs corner resulting in a Safety Car.
The Briton did an astonishing job in Germany to fight his way back through the field but on this notoriously difficult track, in terms of overtaking, he really will have his work cut out.
If Rosberg does a Hockenheim, and disappears into the distance, we should be left with a couple of great scraps behind; Vettel, Bottas, Ricciardo, Alonso and Massa fighting for the other podium places, whilst Button battles the Toro Rossos, Force Indias and Saubers for what is left. Again, the weather or a first lap calamity could see all this turned on its head.
Around an hour before the start, asked if he is expecting rain - never mind praying for it - Sebastian Vettel grins and says "yes", revealing with a grin that it is due at "14.37".
Bad news of sorts for Pastor Maldonado, following a gearbox change he is demoted 5-places on the grid. However, seeing as he didn't post a time in Q1 and was due to start from the back row anyway...
Forty-five minutes before the start of the race the heavens open... and how. The downpour, complete with lightning, is short but very intense.
The pitlane opens but there is no mad rush to get out on track indeed, the big guns want the Marussias, Caterhams and all to clean the track whilst the sun plays its part.
The exception is Vettel who completes a full lap on the wets then another on Inters.
Many of the cars are very late in arriving at the grid, confusion over the conditions reigns. Seemingly, whilst some parts of the track remain very wet other parts are almost dry, hence the difficulty in terms of tyre choice. Added to this is the serious threat of further rain.
Ten minutes before the start of the race, the mechanics are still working on Hamilton's car. Apart from everything else they are warming up his brakes.
As the field prepares to head off on the warm-up lap the air temperature is 21 degrees C, while the track temperature is 28 degrees.
The uncertain weather conditions mean that the previous tyre strategies have been thrown out of the window.
The two DRS zones, which share a detection point 5m before Turn 14, are 130m after the apex of Turn 14 and 6m after the apex of Turn 1.
All are starting on the Intermediate rubber.
They head off, all bar Kvyat who is left stranded on the grid. The Russian, who complains "I have no engine, I have no engine," is pushed into the pitlane where he will, hopefully, join Magnussen and Hamilton.
Whilst there are rooster tails on some parts of the track other parts appear bone dry. There is standing water at T10.
The grid forms.
They're away. Vettel keeps with Rosberg down the straight but is passed by Bottas who almost gets past Rosberg on the outside at T1. Alonso passes Vettel but the German retakes the position. Further back Hamilton spins off at T2 but is able to continue.
Vergne, currently 9th, is told to mind his tyres as there will be more rain soon.
Hulkenberg one of several drivers to run wide in these difficult conditions.
As Rosberg extends his lead to 6.7s, Vettel continues to harry Bottas. Hamilton is up to 16th having despatched Bianchi. The Briton, who appears to have damage to his left front wing, subsequently having a big moment in T4.
Rosberg runs wide in T1, the German continuing to set a hard pace out front.
A big crash for Ericsson who goes off into the barriers at T3. The Safety Car is deployed. The Swede is out of the car but the car is badly damaged.
Behind the Safety Car, Ricciardo leads, ahead of Button, Massa, Magnussen, Rosberg, Vergne, Vettel, Alonso, Hulkenberg and Perez. All are on softs bar Button and Magnussen who are on Inters. Magnussen is the only driver who didn't pit.
As the Safety Car is about to pull off, Grosjean puts it into the barriers at T3. The Safety Car stays out on track.
With smoke appearing to come from the back of his car, Rosberg asks; "should I stop using the brakes?" He is told to move the bias forward and avoid using them.
Replay of Grosjean's accident leaves us none the wiser as to what happened.
Raikkonen is told that rain is not expected for another half-hour and that these tyres must last 25 laps. Yet the McLarens are on Inters.
However, the Briton is told that there will be no more rain for a while so he must make the most of his current advantage.
Hulkenberg goes off into the barriers in the final corner, clouting his teammate in the process.
"Front left brake is starting to get hot," Hamilton is told.
Now Vettel is told that his "front calliper is a little warm". He needs to move his brake bias to the rear.
A big, big crash for Perez who loses control at the start of the pit straight, veers across the track into the pit wall. Safety Car deployed. He is out of the car and OK.
Vijay Mallya looks on from the pit wall - the other side of it - a costly weekend for the Indian team.
Replay shows Perez running wide and losing grip on the artificial grass and subsequently spearing across the track.
Kobayashi stops at T12, the Japanese getting directions from the marshals as to how to get back to the pits.
Both Caterhams and Force Indias out but both Saubers in the points. The Swiss outfit yet to score a point this season.
Kvyat, currently 14th, pits, the Russian swapping to primes.
Ricciardo is told that the cars ahead will be stopping ahead again soon, indeed, most of them twice. Therefore he must manage his tyres carefully.
Rosberg pits at the end of lap 32, the German told to do the opposite of what Vergne does - in other words if Vergne had pitted, the German would remain on track. Meanwhile, Vettel runs wide in T14 and almost replicates Perez' rash. Somehow he keeps it together and continues.
"Did you hit anything," he is asked. "Negative," he replies, "but I flat-spotted the tyres."
Raikkonen pits at the end of lap 41 as Alonso is advised of rival drivers tyre strategies - in Italian of course. Raikkonen rejoins behind Maldonado and just ahead of Vettel. The two world champions are immediately locked in battle. After a couple of mighty close calls the German eases off allowing the Finn to set off after Maldonado again.
Massa pits at the end of la 45, the Brazilian's lap times having dropped significantly in the last couple of laps. He rejoins in 6th, still on the prime rubber.
"I can't imagine these tyres lasting another twenty laps," says Hamilton. His team assure him that there shouldn't be a problem.
He's not letting me through," Rosberg complains though he doesn't really appear to be close enough. Hamilton is told to let him teammate past on the main straight. Truth be told, such is the turbulence behind the leading Mercedes, Rosberg cannot get close enough.
"I'm not slowing down for Nico," insists Hamilton, advising that it is up to the German to close in.
"Why is he not letting me through," urges Rosberg. "He's had the message," the German is told.
Elsewhere, Ricciardo leads Alonso by 13.6s with Hamilton a further 2.3s behind. Bottas is fifth, 15.1s behind Rosberg, and 2.8s ahead of his Williams teammate. Raikkonen is all over the back of the second Williams
Vettel, currently 8th, admits; "if my only chance to beat them is by staying out, that's what we'll do".
"You are racing to the end with 13 laps to go," Rosberg is told. "Push hard, quali laps all the way."
A late stop for Bottas who was running in 7th.
"Use higher RPM and shorter gears," Hamilton is told. "We're good on fuel." The message indicates that there's something we're not being told.
Rosberg goes quickest (26.019) as he takes 2s a lap out of the leading trio.
The Australian takes a superb, well-deserved win, whilst Alonso holds on to an equally superb second. Hamilton holds his Mercedes teammate off to take third whilst Rosberg at least maintains the lead in the world championship.
Possibly one of the best podiums, in terms of racing, we have seen for some time, all three having given absolutely 100 per cent.
There remains a lot wrong with F1, but there is still a lot that it is right and this afternoon, once again we saw much of what we really want... racing. Indeed, looking at the drivers ahead of the podium ceremony they enjoyed it as much as we did.
Amidst talk of Flavio Briatore being brought in to improve the show - a move we agree with - there are aspects that van be improved however, there are aspect that must be left alone.
How ironic that a circuit which has hosted so many processions over the years sends us into the summer break feeling so upbeat.
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