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Max Verstappen wins the 2019 Formula 1 German Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen wins the 2019 German Formula 1 Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Daniil Kvyatt on Toro Rosso. A wet track and numerous incidents led to the retirement of Valtteri Bottas, Charles Leclerc, Pierre Gasly and the two Renault F1 Team drivers. Lewis Hamilton finished ninth in this Grand Prix.

Pierre Gasly did not finish the race after a collision with Alexander Albon: “It was a crazy race. With rain, accidents, safety car and pit stops, it was hazardous. There were a lot of opportunities and I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t take advantage of them on my side and not finish the race. Towards the end, I fought with Albon in the final laps and we hit each other, which tore off my front wing and gave me a flat tire, so I had to stop the car. I don’t know what to say, but it’s boring not to score points when you have a race like this. We will continue to push for next week. For the team and Honda, it was great to have Max win today. “

A complicated weekend for Ferrari after a failed qualifying session. Charles Leclerc gave up but Sebastian Vettel finished second in his national Grand Prix after starting last on the starting grid: “It was quite a race. I appreciated it even though it was a tricky race. It was sometimes very difficult. I caught up a lot of time immediately after the start and in the first two laps. After that, it was quite difficult to get into the rhythm because I didn’t feel very comfortable with the intermediate tires and their degradation was quite high. There are so many decisions to be made, but overall, we have stayed on track and in the race. “

Mercedes had a bad weekend in front of its fans with the retirement of Valtteri Bottas and ninth place for Lewis Hamilton. The team only scores 2 points at this German Grand Prix. Toto Wolff made no secret of his disappointment: “It was a disastrous result today. We had a good start of the race with a good pace. Then, of course, you add incidents, difficult conditions, bad decisions and you finally get zero points after running 1-2 in the first laps. Valtteri came out like many other drivers, which made a bad day even more difficult for us. Our 200th F1 race was the most difficult day we have had in a long time, but we are united in pain as we are united in the joy of winning. Today is the day when we must look at our mistakes and learn from them, so that we can come back stronger next weekend. “

Renault F1 Team is not scoring any points this weekend with the retirements of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hülkenberg. Cyril Abiteboul and his team are already looking towards Hungary: “It was a real emotional elevator. There have been ups and downs and unfortunately we end up with a downswing with a double abandonment. Daniel’s is due to an exhaust leak and we need to investigate this problem. This is the first concern for reliability in a while. Nico was leading an incredible race supported by wise decisions from the low wall and a good execution of the pit team. We chose not to pass the slicks too early and we gained a lot of positions to get to second place. The last turn seemed tricky all day and Nico couldn’t avoid the wall. It’s hard to digest, because it was an exciting race and we would have liked to be in it until the end. We missed an opportunity to score big points against our direct competitors, but there is something positive to be gained from the weekend. We want to be at the top and deserving more regularly and we remain focused on our goal of building a more competitive car. “

Max Verstappen wins his second race this season: “It’s incredible to get to the top after a race like this and to see the team win for the second time this year with Honda. I don’t know exactly what happened at the start, but it seems that everyone on the right side of the grid had a bad grip. I had a particularly difficult start when I released the clutch, but I stayed calm and followed the Mercedes cars closely. The conditions were very difficult and it was all a matter of survival. It was certainly not an easy and very tricky race in changing conditions. The team took all the right calls. They gave me the right information and monitored all the other teams and sector times. They were really aware of everything and everyone worked so well together. It was one of my most difficult races and it’s great to win it. Of course, I like to drive in the wet, but you also need a good car for that. You can find some rhythm in you, but today we had both things in hand and I am very happy with the result. The fans were standing up, especially when I was in the lead, which was also incredible to see. A big thank you to the whole team and it was a crazy and incredible Sunday.”

2019 Driver Standings (after the German Grand Prix)

  • 1 Lewis Hamilton 223
  • 2 Valtteri Bottas 184
  • 3 Max Verstappen 162
  • 4 Sebastian Vettel 141
  • 5 Charles Leclerc 120
  • 6 Pierre Gasly 54
  • 7 Carlos Sainz 48
  • 8 Kimi Räikkönen 29
  • 9 Daniel Ricciardo 28
  • 10 Daniil Kvyat 27
  • 11 Lando Norris 21
  • 12 Lance Stroll 18
  • 13 Kevin Magnussen 15
  • 14 Alexander Albon 15
  • 15 Nico Hülkenberg 15
  • 16 Sergio Perez 13
  • 17 Antonio Giovinazzi 5
  • 18 Romain Grosjean 4
  • 19 Robert Kubica 0
  • 20 George Russell 0
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