Formula 1 provided another spectacle at the weekend as Max Verstappen won ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyat at the German Grand Prix.
Ferrari’s Saturday woes
Its a case of what might have been for Scuderia Ferrari who looked strong during the weekend having shown good pace in Friday practice only to have their weekend unravel as Vettel encountered a turbo issue in Q1 which left him to start at the back of the grid while Charles Leclerc encountered an issue at the start of Q3 to consign him to tenth on the grid.Embed from Getty Images
It was looking good during the race as Leclerc made himself a contender for the podium early on before crashing out. Vettel himself also made a good start and eventually recovered to claim a second place finish.
If the weekend unravelled on a Saturday for Ferrari, it unravelled on the worst day of the weekend for Mercedes. As the manufacturer celebrated 125 years of motorsport a promising Saturday with Lewis Hamilton on pole position and Valtteri Bottas in third ended with Bottas crashing out of the race after spinning in the latter stages while Hamilton endured a race of misfortune and only managed to salvage two points.Embed from Getty Images
Max Verstappen picks up the pieces
With Leclerc out, Vettel making his way through the field and the two Mercedes slipping up, it was Max Verstappen who managed to navigate his way through the wet/dry conditions to claim his second victory of the season. Like his other victory in Austria, it wasn’t straightforward for Verstappen in Germany as he struggled to get off the line at the start, as well as having a spin during the race in the final sector of the lap.
A day for the midfield to shine
At one point, near the end of the Grand Prix, it looked like a Toro Rosso and a Racing Point would be on the podium, either side of Max Verstappen, as Daniil Kvyat and Lance Stroll made the most of good strategy calls from their teams and kept their mistakes during the race to a minimum as both drivers secured their best finishes of the 2019 season with Kvyat finishing third while Stroll ultimately finished fourth.Embed from Getty Images
Stroll’s performance meant that Racing Point ended a three race run of zero point scoring weekends and has pulled the team to within just eight points of Renault.
The same could be said of Haas who after four difficult weekends managed to get both cars to the finish, and importantly, in the points as Romain Grosjean claimed seventh ahead of his teammate, Kevin Magnussen who was classified eighth.
Williams Racing also managed to score their first point of 2019 after the two Alfa Romeo Racing drivers were both handed 30 second penalties after the race, this elevated George Russell into eleventh in the final classification, and more importantly meant Robert Kubica was classified in the points in tenth.
Renault’s missed opportunity
Like Mercedes, Renault’s race unravelled as Daniel Ricciardo suffered a power unit failure forcing him into retirement while Nico Hulkenberg was racing in the top three at one point during the race before crashing out.
Their weekend was compounded by McLaren, ahead of them in the constructors standings, managing to increase their advantage thanks to Carlos Sainz finishing fifth. It would get worse however as Racing Point have closed the gap to Renault while Toro Rosso have gone ahead of the French team in the constructors standings. It means Renault leaves Germany having fallen to sixth in the constructors standings, thirty one points behind McLaren, three points behind Toro Rosso and eight points ahead of Racing Point.
What next for Formula 1?
Its immediately off to Hungary for the next round before the sport heads off on its summer break.Embed from Getty Images