2019 German Grand Prix race report — Verstappen stars after Mercedes meltdown

2019 German Grand Prix

Likely the last German Grand Prix for now provided a dramatic wet-dry race hinging on safety cars - and a stunning victory drive by Red Bull's Max Verstappen. Full race report from Hockenheim

Race Winner
Country
Germany
Circuit
Round
11
Laps
64
Pole
Fastest Lap
Verstappen, 1m 16.645s
2019 Season
Past Results

A hazy, crazy, race where five pitstops were the norm; guessing and second guessing. Pressing or not pressing, trying to keep the thread of your race going without getting onto the final corner run-off skating rink – for that was the graveyard of hopes and dreams. Especially those of Mercedes having a 125-year celebration that ended up more of a costume drama wake.

Three times Max Verstappen led a safety car queue, so many times it was an easy routine for him by the end. An inspired call for slicks at precisely the right moment – hats off to Toro Rosso and Racing Point for making it and to Daniil Kvyat and Lance Stroll, respectively third and fourth, for maximising it.

After Verstappen and his second Red Bull-Honda win in three races, came a quite sensational Sebastian Vettel from last on the grid after not having recorded a time in qualifying. In a transposed glory/disaster contrast from last year, Lewis Hamilton looked unstoppable early on before a series of disasters dropped him almost to the back

Race Results

Position Driver No. Team Vehicle Time Points

1

1

Max Verstappen

33

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 44m 31.275s

26

2

18

Sebastian Vettel

5

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

1h 44m 38.608s

18

3

11

Daniil Kvyat

26

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 44m 39.58s

15

4

11

Lance Stroll

18

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 44m 40.241s

12

5

2

Carlos Sainz

55

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

1h 44m 40.858s

10

6

11

Alexander Albon

23

Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda

Toro Rosso STR14-Honda (Pirelli)

1h 44m 41.327s

8

7

1

Romain Grosjean

8

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 44m 48.113s

6

8

4

Kevin Magnussen

20

Rich Energy Haas F1 Team

Haas VF-19-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 44m 50.04s

4

9

8

Lewis Hamilton

44

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

1h 44m 50.942s

2

10

9

Robert Kubica

88

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 44m 56.262s

1

11

7

George Russell

63

RoKit Williams Racing

Williams FW42-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1h 44m 57.679s

0

12

7

Kimi Raikkonen

7

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 45m 13.489s

0

13

2

Antonio Giovinazzi

99

Alfa Romeo Racing

Alfa Romeo C38-Ferrari (Pirelli)

1h 45m 15.124s

0

14

10

Pierre Gasly

10

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing

Red Bull RB15-Honda (Pirelli)

61 laps Accident

0

R

Sergio Perez

11

SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team

Racing Point RP19-Mercedes-Benz (Pirelli)

1 laps Accident

0

R

Charles Leclerc

16

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari SF90 (Pirelli)

27 laps Accident

0

R

Nico Hulkenberg

27

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

39 laps Accident

0

R

Daniel Ricciardo

3

Renault F1 Team

Renault RS19 (Pirelli)

13 laps Exhausts

0

R

Lando Norris

4

McLaren F1 Team

McLaren MCL34-Renault (Pirelli)

25 laps Power unit

0

R

Valtteri Bottas

77

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport

Mercedes-Benz F1 W10 EQ Power+ (Pirelli)

56 laps Accident

0

Circuit - Hockenheim

Country

Germany

Location

Hockenheim, Baden-Wurttemberg

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.842 (Miles)

Record

Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren MP4/19B-Mercedes-Benz), 1m13.780, 138.672 mph, F1, 2004

First Race

1949 Hockenheim F2

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