The 2019 F1 German Grand Prix will be a race that will be recognized as one of the best races in the turbo hybrid era of the sport (2014-Present) and was a race full of high attrition, spectacular crashes and on track action with four safety cars and two virtual safety cars which spiced up the race and the 10 F1 constructors strategy.
The race was a classic with Lewis Hamilton getting a great start from pole as Max Verstappen lost places at the start as well as teammate Pierre Gasly. The wet conditions made for a very entertaining race with a plethora of pit stops made throughout the field with the changing conditions.
The race was full of chaos from lights out to checkered flag and the safety car was deployed for the first time on Lap 3 when Sergio Perez lost control of his Racing Point RP19 and smashed into the barriers entering the stadium section which triggered many pit stops. The first VSC was deployed after Lando Norris pulled over in his Mclaren MCL 34 with an engine problem and some drivers pitted for slicks as the track dried out. A few laps later though, Charles Leclerc lost control of his Ferrari SF 90 and hit the barriers at turn 16 and was livid with himself and was full of anger and rage on the team radio to his engineers after crashing out on slick tyres. Just one lap later, the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton went off at the same spot on soft tyres as he had no grip and pitted for inters but Hamilton was given a five second time penalty for failing to go round the bollard upon entering the pit lane.
Back on track, Verstappen now led the German GP with Nico Hulkenberg second however, Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault crashed at turn 16 a few laps later and the safety Car was deployed again. Daniel Ricciardo had already retired on lap 14 after suffering an exhaust failure at the back of his Renault RS19. The race really spiced up with so many pit stops with many teams transferring to slick tyres with Lance Stroll leading the race late on after pitting first for slicks, but was passed by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a lap later as the Red Bull, sailed off into the distance.
On Lap 57, Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas suffered a huge crash after going off at turn 1 and hit the barrier with a massive shunt ending his race as teammate Hamilton went of there earlier on and nearly crashed on his off track excursion.
The race restarted after safety car no:4 and Max Verstappe’sn Red Bull started pulling away with the rest of the pack racing behind him. Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso passed Lance Stroll for second but was later passed by a charging Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel ,whom started 20th on the grid. Verstappen in the Red Bull won with a masterclass of a drive despite a 360 degree spin earlier on in the race on cold tyres with Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari finishing second and Daniil Kyvat finishing an excellent third for Toro Rosso. Also worth noting that Pierre Gasly crashed into the back of Alexander Albon on Lap 62 which the Frenchmen would retire, afterwards he was really fuming on the Red Bull team radio.
Charlie Tolhurst’s Moment Of The Race: Charles Leclerc crashing his Ferrari on lap 28 after losing control at turn 16 on slick tyres and crashing into the barriers.
Next Race: F1 2019 Hungarian Grand Prix [2nd-4th August 2019].