German Grand Prix results: Max Verstappen wins chaotic race as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas crash

Mercedes endure one of their worst afternoon's as Verstappen claims his second Grand Prix victory of the season

Philip Duncan
Hockenheim
Sunday 28 July 2019 17:05
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Max Verstappen won a frenetic rain-hit German Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton crashed while on course for victory.

Hamilton appeared set to claim his eighth win of a dominant season before drama struck on lap 29 of 64 in a race which featured four safety car periods.

The British star, who had just stopped for dry rubber, ran off the road at a final corner which had claimed Ferrari's Charles Leclerc one lap earlier.

Hamilton had to stop for a new front wing and was stationary for more than 50 seconds as his Mercedes crew dashed around for spare parts.

He finished 11th, having also been hit with a five-second penalty for entering the pits on the wrong side of the bollard, and spun in the final stages too on a day to forget for the world champion.

Verstappen, who stopped five times in the most topsy-turvy of races, took the chequered flag to claim his second win of the campaign.

The Dutchman finished ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who fought back from last, and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat. Racing Point's Lance Stroll finished fourth.

On a miserable day for Mercedes at their home race, Valtteri Bottas crashed out at the first corner with eight laps remaining, while in the hunt for the podium.

Bottas' spin brought a furious reaction from Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal banging both his fists on the table.

Hamilton held a commanding 35-second lead when he stopped to change on to the dry tyres.

But the last corner of the Hockenheim circuit was still damp, and after it caught Leclerc out, the young Monegasque crashing from second, Hamilton hit the barriers too.

Lewis Hamilton lead the start of the German Grand Prix in he rain

While Leclerc retired, Hamilton was able to limp back to the pit lane, falling back to fifth following a comical pit stop, before gaining two places to third.

But then Nico Hulkenberg also crashed out at the final corner, resulting in a third safety car period.

Hamilton pitted a lap late leaving him way down the order. Running in 12th, Hamilton said: "How has it gone this bad?"

"Copy that, Lewis," came the reply from his engineer, Pete Bonnington. "That is something we are going to have to review."

Lewis Hamilton goes off at the penultimate corner while leading the German Grand Prix

There were then huge cheers from the grandstands as Hamilton fell off the road again, spinning at the opening bend.

He pitted for new tyres, dropping to last place. He would finish outside of the points, 11th of the 13 classified runners.

There were no such concerns for Verstappen, who kept his cool to win by more than seven seconds.

Max Verstappen celebrates winning the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim

Vettel, who had started from the back of the grid after his engine broke in qualifying, made several moves in the final laps to seal the runner-up spot.

"It was about trying not to make mistakes," said Verstappen. "It feels amazing to win.

"You learn over the years. I was very happy with the whole performance."

Stroll took fourth ahead of McLaren's Carlos Sainz with the London-born Alexander Albon a career-best sixth. Lando Norris failed to finish following a gearbox issue.

Vettel added: "It was a long race. At some stage it felt never-ending. It was very tough with the conditions. I am just happy."

Results

1 Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1hr 44mins 31.275secs

2 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1:44:38.608

3 Daniil Kvyat (Rus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:44:39.580

4 Lance Stroll (Can) Racing Point 1:44:40.241

5 Carlos Sainz (Spa) McLaren 1:44:40.858

6 Alexander Albon (Tha) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:44:41.327

7 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:44:43.489

8 Antonio Giovinazzi (Ita) Alfa Romeo Racing 1:44:45.124

9 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:44:48.113

10 Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:44:50.040

11 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:44:50.942

12 Robert Kubica (Pol) Williams 1:44:56.262

13 George Russell (Gbr) Williams 1:44:57.679

14 Pierre Gasly (Fra) Red Bull at 3 laps

Not classified:

15 Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 56 laps completed

16 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 39 laps completed

17 Charles Leclerc (Mon) Ferrari 27 laps completed

18 Lando Norris (Gbr) McLaren 25 laps completed

19 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Renault 13 laps completed

20 Sergio Perez (Mex) Racing Point 1 lap completed

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