GERMAN GP

 

Qualifying     Grid      Race    

 

Round 11 – Hockenheim, 26 to 28 July

 

All times UK

Day

Session

Times

Sky

Channel 4

Fri 26th

FP1

1000 to 1130

0945 to 1145

 

 

FP2

1400 to 1530

1345 to 1545

 

Sat 27th  

FP3

1100 to 1200

1045 to 1230

 

Qual

1400 to 1500-ish

1300 to 1530

Recording: 1830 to 2000

Sun 28th  

Race

1310 to 1440-ish

1230 to 1730

Recording: 1900 to 2100

 

Individual driver’s tyre choices:

 

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Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

1

4

8

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2

3

8

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

1

3

9

Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)

2

2

9

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

1

4

8

Pierre Gasly (Red Bull)

1

4

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)

1

2

10

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

1

10

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

1

3

9

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

2

2

9

Carlos Sainz (McLaren)

2

3

8

Lando Norris (McLaren)

2

2

9

Sergio Perez (Racing Point)

2

3

8

Lance Stroll (Racing Point)

2

3

8

Kimi Raikkonen (Sauber)

1

3

9

Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber)

2

2

9

Daniil Kvyat  (Toro Rosso)

2

1

10

Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso)

1

2

10

George Russell  (Williams)

2

2

9

Robert Kubica (Williams)

1

3

9

 

FP1:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m14.013s 

2

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Bottas

Mercedes

 

6

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m15.062s 

8

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

9

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

10

Ricciardo

Renault

 

11

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

12

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

14

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

16

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

17

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m15.953s 

18

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m17.126s 

 

FP2:

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m13.449s 

2

Vettel

Ferrari

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

7

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

8

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

10

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

11

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

12

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Ricciardo

Renault

1m14.458s 

14

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

16

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

17

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

18

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m15.470s 

19

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m16.980s 

 

FP3:

·      A bit of a furore over track limits – again.  Stewards deleting lap times when drivers exceed limits, but only on two corners when it should be on every corner.  Some are suggesting that they should be allowed to go wide, etc. but the line has to be drawn somewhere and the edge of the track seems a good place to draw it, otherwise they will be cutting corners left right and centre. In conclusion let me just say, “Monaco”!

·      Are Mercedes messing about? We will see in a couple of hours.

·      Magnussen seems to prefer the cooler weather. Haas claim they have made no changes to the car so it must be the way the tyres are interacting with the track that he likes. Ricciardo, on the other hand…

·      New bits on the Williams don’t seem to have made any difference. That car must be so badly designed or built.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m12.380s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Vettel

Ferrari

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

6

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

 

8

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

9

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m13.378s 

11

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

12

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

13

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

14

Norris

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

 

16

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

17

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

18

Ricciardo

Renault

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

 

20

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

1m15824s 

 

Q1:

·      Vettel straight back into his garage with a Turbo air flow problem, and that was that.

·      The track limits thing raised its head again. Hamilton had a time deleted when he went well wide at the final turn. On his next fast run it looked, to me at least, like he went too wide again, but nobody said anything so that time stood. Cars were going outside track limits at turn 12 but nobody seemed bothered about that – makes a mockery of the rules really, doesn’t it.

·      Albon was impeded by Norris but again nothing seems to be being done about that.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Leclerc

Ferrari

1m12.229s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

4

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

6

Bottas

Mercedes

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

8

Ricciardo

Renault

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

10

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

12

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

13

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

1m13.221s 

14

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

 

15

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m13.278s 

16

Norris

McLaren-Renault

1m13.333s 

17

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

1m14.839s 

20

Vettel

Ferrari

NQ (No time) 

 

Q2:

·      Looked like Grosjean was released unsafely but haven’t heard if there’s any penalty.

·      Magnussen locked up on his fastest lap. Don’t know yet why Ricciardo is so far down the order.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m12.149s 

2

Leclerc

Ferrari

 

3

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

4

Bottas

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

6

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Hulkenberg

Renault

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

10

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m12.776s

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

1m12.786s

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

13

Ricciardo

Renault

 

14

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m13.135s 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

1m13.450s 

 

Q3:

Leclerc never left the garage having a fuel system problem.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m11.767s 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

 

5

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m12.851s

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

8

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

1m13.126s

10

Leclerc

Ferrari

No time

 

GRID:

Although Vettel failed to qualify there is no question he will start the race based on practise performance.  This should be the grid if there are no penalties.

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

22

 

2

Verstappen

Red Bull-Honda

20

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

19

 

4

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

18

 

5

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

17

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

16

7

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

15

8

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

14

9

Hulkenberg

Renault

13

10

Leclerc

Ferrari

12

11

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

10

12

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

9

13

Ricciardo

Renault

8

 

14

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

7

 

15

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

6

 

16

Norris

McLaren-Renault

5

 

17

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

4

 

18

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

3

 

19

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

2

 

20

Vettel

Ferrari

1

 

 

RACE: 

Wet: and a mix of intermediates and full wet tyres on the grid. The formation lap started behind the safety car and went beyond the usual one lap while the race director listened to the safety car driver and assessed the situation. When he decided it was okay to start the race they lined up on the grid with 3 laps knocked off the total (now 64).  When the lights went out both Red Bulls floundered as they struggled for grip, putting Verstappen down to 4th and Gasly down to 8th. At the other end Vettel was quickly up to 15th and in the middle Leclerc was up to 6th.

Lap 2 and Perez spins into the wall. Out came the Safety Car and Vettel pitted, put on fresh inters and was followed by loads of other cars, most teams were double-stacked so the pit crews had to really do their jobs well so the second car was not unduly delayed. After a couple of laps the Safety Car came in and we found those who hadn’t pitted were up at the sharp end - Magnussen in 2nd, Stroll in 5th, Norris in 8th, Russell in 9th, and Kubica in 10th to mention just a few. Before you could say Jack Robinson Bottas and Verstappen had taken Magnussen, Leclerc was up to 5th and Vettel up to 10th! (Who is Jack Robinson anyway?) Leclerc had been released unsafely into the path of Grosjean who was forced to brake heavily, so we were all awaiting the Stewards deliberations and to slap on a 5-second penalty at least, but later found that they had decided to fine Ferrari instead. Interesting. Is this the new way?

A couple of laps later Haas realised Magnussen needed to change tyres and he dropped to 12th. Not long after this Ricciardo’s engine went pop, although they later said it was the exhaust! He was parked off the track but had to be recovered so the Virtual Safety Car was implemented. Leclerc stopped again for new tyres, as did Hulkenberg who was right behind him going in but came out in 6th with Raikkonen between them.

Lap 17 and up at the sharper end Verstappen was all over Bottas until he went into the hairpin a bit tight and oversteered around it, allowing Bottas to get away a bit. The track had been drying for a while now and a dry line was beginning to appear as the forecast rain failed to materialize on time.

A couple of laps later Sainz spun off and rejoined in 15th place as light rain was now reported in the pits but they still put soft slicks on Magnussen’s car and he rejoined in 16th. Turns out it was a good decision as the rain came to nothing to write home about, and Vettel (in 8th) pitted a couple of laps later for softs (came out in 11th), and Verstappen (in 3rd) came in for mediums (came out in 4th behind Leclerc). As a load of others came in to change to slicks, including Bottas from 2nd onto mediums, Verstappen had a gentle spin as he struggled to get heat in the medium compound tyre.

Lap 26 and Norris pulled over with “no power” and the Virtual Safety Car was implemented as they recovered his car. Meanwhile Leclerc now up to 2nd, came in for fresh softs without losing a place, followed by Hamilton who stayed in the lead - what they call free pitstops! The Virtual Safety Car was withdrawn and Leclerc promptly crashed! He ran a tad wide but the other side of the kerb where he went off is the drag strip which is dead flat and quite smooth - terrible for grip in the wet.  Leclerc later moaned about it being “unacceptable” but almost everyone disagreed with him, and Martin Brundle’s phrase springs to mind - “the throttle pedal goes both ways”!!  Anyway, his crash brought out the real Safety Car, so in came Vettel and Verstappen again, both for inters, so it must be wet again! Hamilton, on soft slicks, spun onto the same bit of the drag strip that Leclerc did but managed to only glance the wall and lose a section of front wing. Being right opposite the pitlane entrance he nipped across the grass and came in for a new nose and inters, but it caught the pit crew off guard and they spent 50 seconds replacing the nose and changing the tyre and running about like headless chickens!! He came out in 5th behind Bottas, Verstappen, Hulkenberg, and Albon (thanks to clever, or lucky, pitstop strategy from Toro Rosso). We all noticed Hamilton had entered the pits the wrong side of a bollard placed at the entrance to prevent drivers doing exactly what he did and cutting into the lane late and potentially dangerously. Sure enough the stewards took a dim view and awarded a 5-second time penalty to be taken at his next pitstop. 

So, under the safety car at around the half way point and there was Verstappen in the lead with Hulkenberg in 2nd, and Bottas, who had made another pitstop for inters in 3rd. Behind them, in order, were Albon, Hamilton, Sainz (how did he get up there from 15th?), Raikkonen, Vettel, Gasly, Giovinazzi, Kvyat, Magnussen, Grosjean, Russell, Kubica, and Stroll. The safety car came in at the end of lap 33 and the rain was falling very lightly.

Hulkenberg started to fall back, being passed by Bottas and Hamilton, and then, on lap 41 he spun it into the barriers and out came the Safety Car again!! The likes of Vettel and Verstappen were into the pits again for fresh inters but Racing Point decided on a chance strategy and put Stroll on slicks. Once the Safety Car was in Vettel made short work of Giovinazzi and there were some good battles going on down the field before people realised that Stroll’s ploy to go on slicks was the right one, so Verstappen, Bottas, Sainz, Kvyat, Gasly, Albon and Hamilton all came in for soft tyres, putting Stroll in the lead because of his earlier stop. Hamilton served his 5-second penalty and came out of his stop in 12th. With the way cars were coming in for tyre changes not only did we see Stroll in the lead we also had Kvyat getting fastest lap.

Verstappen soon took the lead from Stroll with Kvyat 3rd, Bottas 4th, Sainz 5th, Magnussen 6th, Albon 7th, Gasly 8th, Vettel whizzing up to 9th, Grosjean 10th, Raikkonen 11th, Hamilton 12th, Giovinazzi 13th, Russell 14th, and Kubica 15th. With all the mixing up and that, Williams were still at the back!  They have new parts arriving at the next race - they certainly need them. In fact, a totally new car would be a good idea!

Lap 52 and we had Albon passing Magnussen, Kvyat passing Stroll, and then Vettel passing Magnussen, while Vettel and Verstappen swapped fastest laps. Next lap and Hamilton ran wide, but rejoined in 15th and plum last! While Bottas was closing on Stroll the Haas pair were caught banging wheels yet again. The solution to these two adversaries running into each other all the time is going to be either strict team orders, or the replacement of one or both drivers - and soon, I suspect.

Then Bottas slid off into the barrier, bringing out the Safety Car yet again. Our Bernd Maylander was getting in more laps than many of the race car drivers! Hamilton popped into the pits again, as did Magnussen. Sainz was up to 4th and Vettel had climbed to 5th and was really flying. In came the Safety Car and over the last four laps we had Vettel passing Sainz for 4th, Albon passing Gasly for 6th, Hamilton getting past both Russel and Kubica, then Vettel passing Stroll for 3rd and a lap later he took Kvyat for 2nd but was 4 seconds behind Verstappen so that was that.

Vettel had really to be driver of the day with quite a performance, reminiscent of Hamilton’s win from 14th last year - another wet race!

Raikkonen and Giovinazzi ended the race in 7th and 8th but were adjudged to have had advice from their engineers on software settings during the formation laps that enabled them to get off the line much quicker than otherwise. This is illegal so they were demoted to 12th and 13th which promoted Grosjean, Magnussen, Hamilton, Kubica, and Russell, incidentally giving Kubica and Williams their first points of the season!

Roll on rain in Hungary!

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

1

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

64

23

FL

2

Vettel

Ferrari

64

20

3

Kvyat

Toro Rosso-Honda

64

19

4

Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes

64

18

5

Sainz

McLaren-Renault

64

17

6

Albon

Toro Rosso-Honda

64

16

7

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

64

15

8

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

64

14

9

Hamilton

Mercedes

64

13

10

Kubica

Williams-Mercedes

64

12

11

Russell

Williams-Mercedes

64

10

12

Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

64

9

Penalty

13

Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo-Ferrari

64

8

Penalty

14

Gasly

Red Bull-Honda

61

7

Accident

15

Bottas

Mercedes

26

6

Accident

16

Hulkenberg

Renault

39

5

Accident

17

Leclerc

Ferrari

27

4

Accident

18

Norris

McLaren-Renault

25

3

Hydraulics

19

Ricciardo

Renault

13

2

Exhaust

20

Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes

1

1

Accident

 

 

 

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