will be hoping for home comforts when Formula 1 heads to this weekend, but will need to improve his record there if he is to get his season back on track.

The Ferrari driver crashed out of the last time out after running into the back of ’s .

Rival Le Hamilton went on to win his home race – his sixth win there.

By contrast, Vettel has won the German GP just once before.

That was back in 2013, when he was driving for .

Last year, Vettel started the race on pole but crashed out from the lead. It was a race that also appeared to signal the start of a catalogue of race-costing errors he has made over the last 12 months.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory at the 2018 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Vettel is 100 points behind drivers’ championship leader Hamilton, who has backed Vettel to rediscover his form.

“I absolutely believe he’ll rebound,” the 34-year-old Briton said. “You look at the greats playing and he is one of those [in F1]. He’s had a difficult race, but he’s a four-time world champion.

“He will recover. He will redeem himself if he feels he needs to, and he will come back stronger the next race. That’s what great athletes do.”

What’s the form guide before the race?

It is almost a year since 32-year-old Vettel, who has slipped to fourth in the championship, last won a race.

That was at the on 26 August when he beat pole sitter Hamilton to victory.

Hamilton heads to this weekend looking to claim a sixth win in his last seven races and increase his drivers’ championship lead, which stands at 39 points.

Hamilton is the most successful current driver in with four wins. No other active driver has won the race more than once.

Ferrari’s , meanwhile, will be hoping to convert a run of podium finishes into a first career victory. He has finished in the top three in each of the last four races.

What have the drivers been up to since the British GP

Lando Norris
Charles Leclerc has enjoyed a mini-break with friends
Valterri Bottas and his dog

Coverage details

From 26 to 28 July BBC Sport has live coverage of practice, qualifying and the race across the BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 Live and 5 Live Sports Extra, plus live digital coverage on the BBC Sport website and app – including audience interaction, expert analysis, debate, voting, features, interviews and audio content.

You can follow all the action and the latest news on the BBC Sport F1 page and via the BBC Sport app, and catch up with analysis and interviews with the BBC Radio 5 Live Chequered Flag podcast.

coverage details
DateSessionTimeRadio coverageOnline text commentary
Chequered Flag podcast: review – download here once the race has finished
Thursday, 25 JulyPreview19:30-20:30 – Download here once the programme has airedBBC Radio 5 Live
Friday, 26 JulyFirst practice11:00-12:30BBC Sport onlineFrom 10:30
Second practice15:00-16:30BBC Sport onlineFrom 14:30
Saturday, 27 JulyFinal practice12:00-13:00BBC Sport onlineFrom 11:30
Qualifying14:00-15:05BBC Radio 5 LiveFrom 13:00
Sunday, 28 JulyRace14:00-16:00BBC Radio 5 LiveFrom 12:30