July 28, 2019 / 9:52 PM / 4 months ago

Team by team analysis of the German Grand Prix

(Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s German Formula One Grand Prix at Hockenheim, round 11 of the 21 race season, listed according to championship order:

Formula One F1 - German Grand Prix - Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany - July 27, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton who qualified in pole position shakes hands with teammate Valtteri Bottas who qualified in third position on the track after qualifying REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 9, Valtteri Bottas retired)

Hamilton started on pole and extended his lead over Bottas to 41 points. In between, he hit the wall and damaged his front win, spun, finishing 11th on track but was then promoted to ninth after the Alfa Romeos were penalised. He had felt unwell even on Saturday. Bottas crashed out while chasing third place late in the race. Mercedes were starting their 200th race as a constructor and celebrating 125 years in motorsport.


FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel 2, Charles Leclerc retired)

Vettel started last on the grid after a turbo-related problem in qualifying, passed six cars on the opening lap and was up to seventh by lap eight. He made five stops in all, ending up on softs on lap 47 which took him to the podium, seven seconds down on Verstappen. Leclerc, who started 10th after a fuel system problem, crashed out on lap 28 while in second place and with his car then beached in the gravel. The Monegasque had escaped any time punishment for an unsafe release in the pitlane, with Ferrari fined instead.


RED BULL (Max Verstappen 1, Pierre Gasly 14)

Verstappen’s second win in three races and seventh of his career. He closed the gap to Bottas but is still third overall, 63 points behind Hamilton. The Dutch driver did five pitstops and spun 360 degrees at one point. Gasly started fourth and retired two laps from the end but was classified. He and Albon collided, taking off the Frenchman’s front wing and causing a puncture. Verstappen also set the fastest lap.


MCLAREN (Carlos Sainz 5, Lando Norris retired)

Sainz kept McLaren comfortably fourth overall despite running off in the middle of the race. A podium looked possible at one point. Norris retired early on with a loss of engine power. The British teenager had started on the back row due to a power unit penalty after changes to the battery pack and MGU-K motor generator unit.


TORO ROSSO (Daniil Kvyat 3, Alexander Albon 6)

The Honda-powered Red Bull junior team celebrated only their second podium and first since Vettel won at Monza in 2008. The points haul more than doubled their tally and leapfrogged them ahead of Renault, Racing Point and Alfa Romeo. Kvyat became a father the night before and celebrated with his first podium since he was at Red Bull in 2016. Albon ran as high as fourth in his first wet race in Formula One.


RENAULT (Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg retired)

A bleak day for Renault, now three points behind Toro Rosso and down to sixth overall. Ricciardo was the first of the two to retire, with an exhaust issue on lap 14 while 12th. Hulkenberg ran as high as second but his hopes of a first podium disappeared soon enough and he crashed out on lap 39.


RACING POINT (Lance Stroll 4, Sergio Perez retired)

Stroll pitted five times, ran at the back and was then catapulted into the lead briefly after an inspired switch to slicks before the rest had made the call. A late mistake opened the door to Kvyat and dropped the Canadian off the podium. Perez was the first to retire, spinning on the second lap and bringing out the safety car. The points tally equalled the team’s haul from the previous seven races.


HAAS (Romain Grosjean 7, Kevin Magnussen 8)

Haas ended a barren run of four races with a point, benefitting from the post-race penalties applied to the Alfa Romeo drivers. It was only the team’s second double points finish of the season. Grosjean started sixth, Magnussen 10th.


ALFA ROMEO (Kimi Raikkonen 12, Antonio Giovinazzi 13)

Raikkonen finished seventh on track with Giovinazzi eighth but both were handed 30 seconds post-race penalties for start irregularities. The team have said they will appeal.


WILLIAMS (Robert Kubica 10, George Russell 11)

Kubica scored Williams’ first point of the season thanks to the Alfa penalties. The point was the first of the Pole’s comeback from the near-fatal injuries he suffered in a rally crash in 2011. His last previous point was in 2010 with Renault.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ian Chadband

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