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2019 German Grand Prix

The 2019 German Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz Großer Preis von Deutschland 2019) was a Formula One motor race which was held on 28 July 2019 at the Hockenheimring in Germany. The race was the 11th round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship and marked the 78th running of the German Grand Prix, and the 64th time the race had been run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950.

2019 German Grand Prix
Race 11 of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship
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The layout of the Hockenheimring
The layout of the Hockenheimring
Race details[1][2]
Date 28 July 2019
Official name Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz Großer Preis von Deutschland 2019
Location Hockenheimring
Hockenheim, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.574 km (2.842 mi)
Distance 64 laps, 292.736 km (181.897 mi)
Scheduled distance 67 laps, 306.458 km (190.424 mi)
Weather Early rain, Late clouds
Pole position
Driver Mercedes
Time 1:11.767
Fastest lap
Driver Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda
Time 1:16.645 on lap 61
First Red Bull Racing-Honda
Second Ferrari
Third Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda

The race was won by Max Verstappen after starting second in a dramatic wet race. Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton lead the race until lap 27 when he crashed behind the safety car, losing the lead and his front wing as well as receiving a penalty for entering the pit lane on the wrong side of a safety bollard. Whilst behind the final safety car Daniil Kvyat and Lance Stroll switched to dry tyres before anyone else allowing them to finish an unexpected third and fourth respectively.


Formally known as the "Formula 1 Mercedes-Benz Großer Preis von Deutschland 2019" this was a Formula One race held on 28 July 2019.[1] The event took place at the Hockenheimring near Hockenheim in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It was the 11th round of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship, the 78th running of the German Grand Prix and the 64th time it was run as part of the World Championship since the inaugural 1950 season.[3]

Mercedes announced that they would be running a different livery in tribute to their heritage with the team as celebrating their 125th year of competing in motorsport, and their 200th F1 start.[4] Racing Point announced that they would bring a “two step” upgrade package to the weekend and the struggling Williams team announced that they too would be bringing an upgrade package.[5][6] Haas announced that they would have to split their car setups for the second race running as a result of the inter-team crash at the previous race in Britain with Kevin Magnussen's car also carrying extra upgrades.[7]

Championship standings before the raceEdit

Heading into the weekend it was Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes who held a lead of 39 and 164 points in the drivers and constructors championships respectively. The size of their leads meant that both were confirmed to still be leading their respective championships after the weekend regardless of the race result.[8][9]


The drivers and teams entered were the same as those on the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for either the race or practice.[10]


Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first practice session followed by Ferrari team mate Charles Leclerc in second with Lewis Hamilton third fastest. The session passed mostly without incident with the exception being Kevin Magnussen after his car failed causing a brief red flag.[11] Ferrari managed to get first and second in the second practice session but this time with Leclerc leading Vettel by just over 1 tenth of a second, Hamilton once again finished the session in third. The session's only notable incident was Pierre Gasly crashing on the exit of turn 16.[12]


Qualifying classificationEdit

Pos. Car
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:12.852 1:12.149 1:11.767 1
2 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:12.593 1:12.427 1:12.113 2
3 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.075 1:12.424 1:12.129 3
4 10   Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:12.991 1:12.385 1:12.522 4
5 7   Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:13.066 1:12.519 1:12.538 5
6 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:13.146 1:12.769 1:12.851 6
7 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:13.221 1:12.632 1:12.897 7
8 11   Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:13.194 1:12.776 1:13.065 8
9 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:13.186 1:12.766 1:13.126 9
10 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:12.229 1:12.344 No time 10
11 99   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:13.170 1:12.786 N/A 11
12 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:13.103 1:12.789 N/A 12
13 3   Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:13.131 1:12.799 N/A 13
14 26   Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:13.278 1:13.135 N/A 14
15 18   Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:13.256 1:13.450 N/A 15
16 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:13.333 N/A N/A 191
17 23   Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:13.461 N/A N/A 16
18 63   George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:14.721 N/A N/A 17
19 88   Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1:14.839 N/A N/A 18
107% time: 1:17.285
DNQ 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari No time N/A N/A 202
  • ^1Lando Norris was sent to the back of the grid after taking a third MGU-K, a third Energy Store and a third Control Electronics.[15] However, because Norris set a qualifying lap time and Vettel did not, he would only drop three positions to 19th.
  • ^2Sebastian Vettel failed to set a Q1 time within the 107% requirement but was given permission to race at the stewards' discretion.[16] He also received a 10-place grid penalty for a third Control Electronics (CE), but his starting position remained unchanged as he was due to be starting from the back without the application of any penalties.[15]


Race reportEdit

The race was scheduled for 67 laps with the formation lap due to start at 15:10 local time (13:10 UTC).[2][17] A rule relevant to a race which has been declared as "wet" at its start was employed for the first time at this Grand Prix. The rule states that after the formation lap and zero or more additional laps behind the safety car, the race director has three options by which to proceed: a standing start without the safety car, a rolling start without the safety car, or suspending the race. The number of additional formation laps is subtracted from the overall race distance in all 3 instances.[18]

Race startEdit

Since at race time the track conditions were considered unsuitable due to heavy rain, all 20 cars were obligated to start on the wet tyres. After the formation lap and three additional laps behind the safety car, the race director elected to begin the grand prix with a standing start. Accordingly, the race distance was set to 64 laps, with all four laps behind the safety car at the beginning of the race officially scored as formation laps.[19][20]

At the standing start the Red Bulls driven by Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly were both very slow off the starting grid and lost several places each.[21][22] Kimi Räikkönen took advantage, and ended up in third by the end of the first lap. Both Ferrari drivers had a first lap which saw them move up the order. Charles Leclerc who started in 10th was up to 6th, and Sebastian Vettel had improved from 20th to 14th.[23] Verstappen, who had dropped down due to his start, passed Räikkönen for third immediately before Sergio Pérez spun off coming out of turn 10, he hit the wall on the inside taking him out of the race. This caused the race's first safety car to appear on lap two.[20] As the track began to dry Vettel and Alexander Albon pitted for intermediate tyres, with the majority of the other cars doing the same on the following lap.[24] The safety car period ended on lap 5.[22]

Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll, Lando Norris, George Russell and Robert Kubica, all of whom stayed out on their wet tyres, quickly found themselves being overtaken by those on the intermediate tyres. All ultimately pitted for intermediates, but lost out for not having done so earlier dropping them to the back of the race.[24][23] Daniel Ricciardo suffered an exhaust failure on lap 14, causing a virtual safety car.[25] On lap 18, Carlos Sainz lost control of his McLaren at turn 16, causing it to run wide and aquaplane on the slippery, dragstrip area of the track, before narrowly avoiding the barriers. This caused a local yellow flag before he was able to drive off under his own power.

Lap 22Edit

By lap 22, the track had dried sufficiently that teams further down the order decided to risk slick tyres. The first driver to attempt them was Magnussen in his Haas on soft tyres, followed shortly after by Vettel. Verstappen pitted from third position and fitted the medium tyres. Valtteri Bottas then pitted on lap 27 from second and was also fitted with mediums. Almost immediately after Bottas pitted, Verstappen lost control of his car and performed a 360 degree at turn 14, but managed to recover.

Norris's car lost power on track on lap 26, prompting a second deployment of the virtual safety car. Many teams took the opportunity to pit their drivers for dry weather tires, including Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton. A notable exception was Sainz; with McLaren putting on a fresh set of intermediate tyres on his car. As Hamilton was leaving the pits on soft tyres, Leclerc spun into the tyre barrier at turn 17. This ended his race, and prompted the second full safety car of the day. At the end of the lap, Hamilton, now in the lead behind the safety car, also lost control at turn 17, damaging his front wing on the wall and returning into the pit lane cutting across the track as he did so. His Mercedes team was not ready for him, and Hamilton endured a 50.3 second pit stop in which his front wing was replaced and he had switched back onto intermediate tyres. It became clear to all teams at this point that dry weather tyres were not viable, and all teams were back on intermediate tyres by the time the second safety car period ended at lap 34.

Lap 34Edit

At the beginning of lap 34, the top five drivers in order were Verstappen, Nico Hülkenberg, Bottas, Albon and Hamilton. Vettel, who had started last, was now in 8th. Shortly after the safety car restart, Hamilton was found to have entered the pit lane on the wrong side of a safety bollard on lap 27, and was given a five second penalty. Meanwhile, on track, Bottas and Hamilton overtook the cars ahead of them to race second and third respectively behind Verstappen. Räikkönen avoided beaching his car in a turn 17 gravel trap on lap 39, losing numerous places. One lap later, Hülkenberg slid into another gravel trap on the same corner, and was unable to free his car. This brought out the third safety car of the day. A few drivers including race leader Verstappen pitted during this safety car period. All drivers who did so kept intermediate tyres, with one notable exception: Lance Stroll, who was the only driver to fit slick tyres. The third safety car period ended on lap 46.

Lap 46Edit

By this point in the race, the rain had stopped falling, and a clear dry line had formed on the track. Half the field pitted on lap 46 for dry weather tyres, including Verstappen and Bottas. Hamilton took the lead ahead of both. All the drivers remaining on intermediates, Hamilton included, pitted on lap 47 for slick tyres. Hamilton, because he had to serve his five second penalty, was relegated to 12th position after his stop. Meanwhile, Stroll, the only driver to take slicks during the previous safety car, briefly inherited the lead of the race. Verstappen and then Daniil Kvyat soon passed him within a lap leaving Stroll in 3rd.

The next several laps of the race saw Verstappen extend his race lead to more than ten seconds. Sebastian Vettel, who had started lap 46 in 8th, began showing pace on dry tyres and moving through the midfield. Lewis Hamilton spun out at turn 1, narrowly avoiding the barriers, dropping down to 13th on lap 53. The field was frozen once again on lap 56, when Valtteri Bottas, running in 4th, slid off track and into a tyre barrier in a near identical spin to Hamilton a few laps earlier, suffering front suspension damage that would end his race. Verstappen's 10 second lead disappeared as Bottas's shunt brought out the fourth and final safety car of the race. Sebastian Vettel, who had by this point moved up to 5th position, found himself in a favorable position to attack the frontrunners heading into the final few laps.


The safety car caused by Bottas's crash ended on lap 60. Pierre Gasly's car suffered terminal damage when he collided with Albon two laps later. Verstappen extended his race lead once again, pulling over 7 seconds ahead of 2nd position by the final lap. Vettel was able to pass Sainz, Stroll, and Kvyat to finish in 2nd after starting the race in last. Kvyat, finishing 3rd, achieved Toro Rosso's first podium since Vettel's victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. Verstappen won his second race of the last three, also picking up the point for fastest lap and the spectator voted "Driver of the Day" award.

After the raceEdit

After the race, both Alfa Romeo drivers Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi were penalised 30 seconds for use of driver aids at the start.[26] This relegated them to 12th and 13th, respectively. The penalties moved Hamilton up to 9th and prevented Mercedes from leaving the race without points for the first time since the 2018 Austrian Grand Prix. It further allowed Kubica, moved up to 10th, to earn his and Williams's first points in 2019. An appeal against the penalties was lodged by Alfa Romeo after the race and was subsequently dismissed by the FIA World Council.

Race classificationEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 33   Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 64 1:44:31.275 2 261
2 5   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 64 +7.333 20 18
3 26   Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 64 +8.305 14 15
4 18   Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 64 +8.966 15 12
5 55   Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 64 +9.583 7 10
6 23   Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 64 +10.052 16 8
7 8   Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 64 +16.838 6 6
8 20   Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 64 +18.765 12 4
9 44   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 64 +19.667 1 2
10 88   Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 64 +24.987 18 1
11 63   George Russell Williams-Mercedes 64 +26.404 17
12 7   Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 64 +42.2142 5
13 99   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 64 +43.8492 11
143 10   Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 61 Collision 4
Ret 77   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 Accident 3
Ret 27   Nico Hülkenberg Renault 39 Accident 9
Ret 16   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 27 Accident 10
Ret 4   Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 25 Power loss 19
Ret 3   Daniel Ricciardo Renault 13 Exhaust 13
Ret 11   Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1 Accident 8
Fastest lap:   Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing-Honda) – 1:16.645 (lap 61)
  • ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.
  • ^2Kimi Räikkönen and Antonio Giovinazzi originally finished 7th and 8th respectively, but both had 30 seconds added to their race times for use of driver aids at the start.[26]
  • ^3Pierre Gasly was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Only the top five positions for each set of standings are shown


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