It was a bad day at the office for Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes-Benz crew, who finished outside of a podium finish. The day went to young driver Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing.
The day was filled with upset and drama as always, with the biggest shocker coming at the end of the race when Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes-Benz placed a low 9th place in the standings after the German GP concluded this weekend pass.
The Brit was trailing for most of the HOCKENHEIM track which ultimately led to him losing out on a podium finish.
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-AMG (9th) had this to say after the weekend’s events;
"What a crazy race. This has been one of the most difficult races we’ve had as a team for a long time. I thought I had the race under control, but we took a risk going out on slicks and the race fell apart from there."
This is exactly what Verstappen mentioned and emphasised on. The fewer mistakes made the more likely your chances were of winning.
"I went wide at Turn 16 and it was like ice out there, then hit the wall and damaged my wing. I made a mistake and paid the price. I was in the lead and then finished P11 [later promoted to P9 following both Alfa Romeos being pushed out of the points].I’m not even sure how, but that’s very painful and I’m just glad it’s over. It’s hard to perform when you’re not at 100 per cent. I need to make sure I’m fit and healthy again in time for the next race.You live and you learn from days like this. It’s important now that we regroup for Hungary. I’m happy for Seb, who fought his way back to P2 from the back, and how good to see Daniil and Toro Rosso on the podium too – good for them."
You have to feel for Hamilton, but it has been the story of the series. the safety car was out so many times it obviously affected the race heavily. The fact the Merc driver couldn’t figure out how he placed 9th, was a reflection of the madness on the pitch.
Max Verstappen, after their massive win, was still humble and felt lucky to have come out on top. He took advantage of a tricky race that nobody had control of. He and the crowd favourite showcased top draw driving.
"It was amazing for us to win in the end but it was really tricky out there. To come out on top, it was all about trying not to make too many mistakes. I was very happy with the whole performance."
Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari ended the Formula One race in 2nd place, while Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia Toro Rosso followed up in 3rd place. Next event takes place on Sunday the 4th of August at the Hungaroring.