UPDATE TWO: And we’re off!

The German Grand Prix has started – Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to build on his first place in qualifying with another illustrious Grand Prix victory today.

UPDATE ONE: The German Grand Prix will begin in a few minutes – conditions are wet and drivers will surely need to contend with reduced visibility.

Here are the first five spots on the grid:

1 – Lewis Hamilton

2 – Max Verstappen

3 – Valtteri Bottas

4 – Pierre Gasly

5 – Kimi Raikkonen

ORIGINAL STORY: Lewis Hamilton secured another pole in qualifying yesterday and was helped when Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were plagued by reliability problems with their Ferraris.

Ahead of the big race today, the British driver emphasised the weather could be a “threat” and emphasised how difficult it can be to overtake others on Germany’s Hockenheimring.

Speaking yesterday, Hamilton said: “I think it’s weather – that can be a threat. There was talks of rain, even today, obviously tomorrow potentially more so tomorrow.

“I’ve not looked at the long runs, so I don’t know how strong they are on the long runs. It’s not the easiest of tracks to always overtake. But yeah, depending on the temperature, if it was like yesterday that makes it quite a difficult race and probably more stops.

“If it’s like today, which again actually starting getting hotter towards the end, it’s still going to be a real challenge. I think the real challenge is just making sure we do all our due diligence and make sure we operate at the level we have been operating at today.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen finished second in qualifying and will has iterated that “anything can happen” in today’s race.

Moreover, the Dutch driver also expressed “hope” that rain comes during the event and could make things “a little more interesting”.

He stated: “I still think even with the other tyres we can take the fight to them [Mercedes].

“Rain hopefully will come at some point in the race – I think it just makes it a little more interesting, you know anything can happen.”

How to watch F1 German Grand Prix 2019

Coverage of today’s German Grand Prix will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 (Sky 406, Sky HD 472, Virgin 516) and Sky Sports Main Event (Sky 401, Sky HD 435, Virgin 511, BT 402).

The pre-race build-up starts from midday on Sky Sports F1 and 1.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event before rubber starts burning at 2.10pm.

That means that all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app that is also available to download on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.

Sky Go is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, PlayStation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.

The Sky Sports app, available to download on iOS and Android devices, will also be providing live text coverage and updates.

If you’re not currently a Sky Sports customer but can’t stand to miss out on the action, you can add the channels to your box via a NOW TV subscription.

Day passes, which let you add Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, start at £8.99 a day, with a weekly pass starting from £14.99, and no locking into a contract.

NOW TV doesn’t even require a typical television to use, as it is also available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and selected mobile and tablet devices.

If you happen to miss the race then don’t panic, Channel 4 has full highlights with their programme starting at 7pm tonight.