F1 German Grand Prix: The rain spiced up the thriller at Hockenheim
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) wins the German Grand Prix at Hockenheimrimg, the eleventh round of the 2019 Formula One season. It’s his second win of the season and the seventh F1 victory in a career.
Next to Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Ferrari) climbed to the second podium spot after starting the race from P20, following a turbo failure in the qualifying. The third man on the podium was Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso). It’s his second podium in a career, three years after his maiden podium in China.
What a race it was! All because of rain. We want rain for all F1 races if it would guarantee excitement and unpredictability.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton started from pole, led for most of the race but then made few mistakes and finished the race in the eleventh place. He was later promoted to P9 after Alfa Romeo drivers received penalties. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas had an opportunity to fight for the victory but crashed out hard in the closing stage of the race. Another front-runner Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) also recorded DNF, same as second Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly.
Racing Point’s Lance Stroll finished the race in the fourth place, ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren) and Alex Albon (Toro Rosso). Alfa Romeo Racing’s Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi finished seventh and eighth respectively but they were penalized after the race for clutch infringements at the start of the race, dropping to P12 and P13.
Their penalties promoted Romain Grosjean to seventh place, Kevin Magnussen to eighth, Lewis Hamilton to ninth and Robert Kubica to tenth place. It means both Kubica and Williams scored their first point in 2019.
Despite bad results, Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas stayed comfortably at the top of the championship standings. Hamilton has 225 points, Bottas has 184, while Verstappen closes a gap to just 22 points behind the Finn. Vettel is fourth, further 21 points down but also 21 points ahead of his teammate Leclerc.
The next Formula One race is scheduled for the next weekend at the Hungaroring.
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