Max Verstappen won a race of pure drama at the Hockenheimring as a string of rain showers led to several crashes.Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas, both of which retired. Lewis Hamilton had two major offs, one of which cost him the lead of the race, and took the chequered flag out of the points in 11th.
From 20th and last on the grid, Sebastian Vettel climbed through the field in the closing laps to claim second place. He passed Lance Stroll and Daniil Kvyat in the final laps, and held the place despite sliding off in the Mercedes arena.
Kvyat held Stroll off by six-tenths of a second to claim Toro Rosso’s second podium. Carlos Sainz Jnr, who went off early in the race, recovered to take fifth,
Alexander Albon clashed with Pierre Gasly in the final laps of the race, putting the Red Bull driver out. Albon continued to finish sixth.
A slippery surface at the exit of the penultimate corner caught out a string of drivers including Leclerc and Nico Hulkenberg, who briefly ran second. Kimi Raikkonen went off at the same corner but continued, and took the chequered flag in seventh ahead of his team mate.
The two Haas drivers completed the points despite making contact with each other again, at the hairpin. Kevin Magnussen had Hamilton less than a second behind him at the flag, as Mercedes left their home race point-less.
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2019 German Grand Prix reaction
- Hulkenberg: Crashing out of fourth at home “hurts”
- No need to penalise Hamilton for crashing at Leclerc accident scene – Masi
- Alfa Romeo to appeal Raikkonen and Giovinazzi penalties
- Kubica and Hamilton score points as Alfa Romeo are penalised
- Kvyat says return to podium will “send a message”
- Mercedes: Hamilton pit stop timing was “as bad as it could be”
- Hamilton: Race went wrong when we put slicks on in the rain
- Hamilton cleared following Safety Car investigation
- Albon: ‘I didn’t want to overtake Lewis’
- Stewards rule Leclerc-Grosjean pit collision was “minor”
- Alfa Romeo under investigation over race starts
- German GP showed Wolff “you shouldn’t fool around with stuff”
- Leclerc fumes over “unacceptable” run-off after crash