Wet track and intermittent rain messed up the race and provided another spectacular performance from Verstappen.
The heavy rain before the race and the drizzle that came and went in Hockenheim messed up the race and gave a show that had not been seen for a long time. In total there were 77 pit stops, with drivers putting on slick tires, returning to intermediates in the middle of the race and returning to dry-track tires for the last few laps.
With such mixed and unpredictable conditions, the accidents were numerous. Perez spun and crashed in the first few laps. Charles Leclerc risked early on slick tires and looked in good position for the rest of the race until he escaped the track and got stuck in the gravel. Five-time champion Lewis Hamilton dominated the race until he made a similar mistake to Leclerc, crashed into the wall and damaged his car. When entering the pits the Englishman received a penalty for cutting the white line and finished the race only in 11th position.
Nico Hulkenberg had a great race and seemed to have a good chance of finally getting to the podium in Formula 1, but escaped in the same place as Leclerc and Hamilton, bringing another Safety Car to the track. Valtteri Bottas spun and hit the wall hard at the first corner and crowned the bad home race for Mercedes. Finally, Pierre Gasly crashed into Albon and abandoned the race in the final laps.
Amid all the chaos, good for those who survived. Max Verstappen recovered well from a poor start and a midrace spin to win for the seventh time in his career. The Dutchman once again poses as the only constant threat to Mercedes. Sebastian Vettel, starting last after qualifying problems, made a rational and safe race, but with all the other drivers’ problems he recovered to an impressive 2nd place. It is the German’s redemption after losing the victory on the same circuit a year ago and since then making mistakes constantly.
Closing the podium was the impressive Daniil Kvyat with his Toro Rosso. The Russian bet on slick tires earlier than most and counted on an impressive pace in mixed conditions to secure the podium, his first since 2016 and only the second podium for the Italian team. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll made a similar bet and got an impressive 4th place at the end of the race. Carlos Sainz even fought for the podium with his Mclaren, but 5th place can still be considered a good result for the Spaniard.
Albon finished 6th on his first contact with a Formula 1 car on the wet track, ahead of the Alfa Romeo duo. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen again met on the track, but this time survived to finish the race in that order, closing the scoring positions.
Final result of the German Grand Prix
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|3||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||8.305|
|4||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||8.966|
|5||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||9.583|
|6||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso||10.052|
|7||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||12.214|
|8||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||13.849|
|14||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull|
|Sergio Perez||Racing Point|