Grand Prix of Germany – Race

It looks like VET is opening a lead at the top of the points table – he’s 8 points ahead of HAM, who seems to be facing a run of problems recently. Ferrari is 20 points ahead of Mercedes, with Red Bull a further 68 points back but well clear of the rest of the constructors.

Ferrari announced yesterday: “Sergio Marchionne has left his role as Fiat and Ferrari CEO with immediate effect, as unexpected complications from shoulder surgery have left him unable to return to work.” [autosport]

Provisional grid: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, MAG, GRO, HUL, SAI, LEC, PER, ALO, SIR, ERI, HAM, RIC*, OCO, GAS, HAR, STR, VAN
*RIC has penalties for engine changes, dropping him to P20

Since Qualifying, Toro Rosso have replaced some engine components in GAS’ car which means he’ll start P20. [FIA]

Cars are heading to the grid
Grid: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, MAG, GRO, HUL, SAI, LEC, PER, ALO, SIR, ERI, HAM, OCO, HAR, STR, VAN, RIC, GAS
Air temperature 26°C; track 43°C; there’s a lot of talk of rain (about mid-race) and even maybe thunderstorms

VET leads everyone away on the formation lap
HAM starting on soft tyres
Radio for SAI warning him that clouds are developing

01/67: Good start from BOT but VET keeps P1 into Turn 1
VER attacking RAI for P3
HAM around the outside of SIR for P13 … then OCO for P12

02: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, MAG, HUL, GRO, PER, SAI, LEC, ALO, HAM, OCO, SIR, ERI, STR, HAR, GAS, RIC, VAN
Radio from RAI – “some rain on my visor”

03: DRS enabled
VET fastest lap 1:17.942
HAM inside ALO to take P11

04: VET f/lap 1:17.909
HAM outbreaks LEC for P10

05/67: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, MAG, HUL, GRO, PER, SAI, HAM, LEC, ALO, OCO, ERI, SIR, RIC, STR, HAR, VAN, GAS
VET f/lap 1:17.777

06: HAM inside SAI for P9

07: Radio from GRO complaining about lack of rear grip
PER attacks GRO; GRO runs wide; PER takes P7

08: HAM takes P8 from GRO

09: Another easy pass for HAM as he takes P7 from PER
RIC is up to P14 but struggling on medium tyres

10/67: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, MAG, HUL, HAM, PER, GRO, SAI, LEC, ALO, RIC, OCO, ERI, SIR, STR, HAR, VAN, GAS

12: HAM past HUL for P6

13: SAI looking for a way round GRO

14: HAM takes P5 from MAG

15/67: VET, BOT, RAI, VER, HAM, MAG, HUL, PER, GRO, SAI, LEC, ALO, RIC, OCO, ERI, SIR, STR, HAR, VAN, GAS
RAI pits; soft tyres; rejoins P4, just ahead of HAM
ALO locks up, runs wide

16: VET about 3.5sec ahead of BOT

17: RAI f/lap 1:17.581
RIC takes P12 from ALO but the McLaren driver fights back

18: RAI f/lap 1:17.379

19: HUL pits

20/67: VET, BOT, VER, RAI, HAM, MAG, PER, GRO, SAI, RIC, LEC, ALO, OCO, ERI, HUL, SIR, STR, HAR, GAS, VAN

21: MAG, SAI and LEC all pit

22: GRO pits

23: PER pits; slow to change the front right
STR was bit of a mobile chicane

25/67: VET, BOT, VER, RAI, HAM, RIC, ALO, MAG, HUL, ERI
VET lock up

26: VET pits; softs replace ultras; rejoins P4 between RAI and HAM
RAI f/lap 1:17.286

29: BOT pits from P1; softs go on; rejoins P6
RIC has parked his Red Bull on the grass

30/67: VER pits; softs go on; rejoins P5

31: RAI f/lap 1:17.152
BOT f/lap 1:16.956
SIR pits; long stop from Williams – problem with the right rear

32: HUL takes P7 from ALO
ALO’s tyres virtually down to the canvas

33: ALO pits

Half distance

35/67: RAI, VET, HAM, BOT, VER, MAG, HUL, GRO, PER, SAI, LEC, ERI, GAS, OCO, ALO, HAR, STR, SIR, VAN; retirement: RIC

36: RAI laps GAS but GAS moves back onto the racing line, delaying VET

37: VET locks up

38: Radio from VET – “don’t you see the tyre temperatures?” (I think he wants them to tell RAI to let him pass)

39: RAI lets VET take P1

40/67: VET, RAI, HAM, BOT, VER, MAG, HUL, GRO, PER, SAI, LEC, GAS, OCO, ALO, ERI, HAR, STR, SIR, VAN

41: Radio for RAI and ALO warning them that rain is expected in the next few minutes

42: HAM pits from P3; ultrasofts go on; rejoins P5
Replay of radio from HAM saying he thought his (soft) tyres would only last one more lap

44: HAM lapping back markers (again) and still sets fastest sector time
Rain falling in Turn 5 (the hairpin)

45/67: LEC pits; intermediate tyres go on
ALO pits for inters too, as does GAS

46: Rain falling harder in T5 but other parts of the circuit are still dry
Piece of front wing on the track – it’s red – Ferrari?

47: VER pits; inters; rejoins P5
Replay shows VET’s front wing losing a section on the kerbs

48: LEC pits again; inters replaced with ultras
GAS across the gravel – why is he on full wets? Crazy!

49: GAS pits for dry tyres
VER pits; ultras replace the inters

50/67: VET, RAI, BOT, HAM, VER, MAG, HUL, GRO, PER, SAI, OCO, ERI, STR, HAR, SIR, VAN, LEC, ALO, GAS
LEC spins – a complete 360°
Radio from HAM reporting it’s still raining in places; told it’ll only last 3 minutes
HUL and GRO pass MAG

51: VET runs wide

52: VET off, across the gravel, into the tyre wall
Safety Car deployed

53[SC]: BOT pits but the team weren’t ready
HAM started into the pit lane but cut across the grass and back onto the main straight

54[SC]: RAI pits; ultras going on
SIR off; smoke but apparently it smells like brakes

55[SC]: Lapped cars may now overtake
Replay of radio for HAM telling him to pit (“box, box”) then no, then yes – no wonder he cut the grass

56[SC]: GRO and MAG pit, stacking at the Haas box
Radio from HAM reporting “still spits of rain in places”

57[SC]: order is HAM, BOT, RAI, VER, HUL, PER, OCO, ERI, HAR, GRO, SAI, MAG, VAN, LEC, ALO, GAS
retirements: STR, VET, SIR, RIC
SC in at the end of this lap
HAM backs everyone up

58 = 10 laps left: BOT attacking HAM!
HAM stays ahead
ALO and GAS pass LEC

59: HAM f/lap 1:16.596
SAI under investigation for overtaking behind the SC

60/67: HAM, BOT, RAI, VER, HUL, PER, OCO, ERI, HAR, GRO, SAI, MAG, VAN, ALO, GAS, LEC
HAM f/lap 1:15.745

61: Confirmation that Mercedes told BOT to “hold position” behind HAM

62: GRO takes P9 from HAR
10-sec penalty for SAI for overtaking under the SC

63: ERI harrying OCO for P7

64: HAM f/lap 1:15.708
GRO past ERI for P8

65/67: HAM, BOT, RAI, VER, HUL, PER, OCO, GRO, ERI, SAI*, HAR, MAG, VAN, ALO, GAS, LEC
Radio for BOT – “rain will be heavier, coming from Turn 2 and T6”

67/67: HAM f/lap 1:15.545
ALO pits
GRO steals P6 from PER

HAM takes the chequered flag – his 44th victory in car #44

Provisional result: HAM, BOT, RAI, VER, HUL, GRO, PER, OCO, ERI, HAR; MAG, SAI*, VAN, GAS, LEC
DNF: ALO, STR, VET, SIR, RIC
*SAI’s 10-sec penalty drops him one place to P13

Interviews:
HAM: “It’s obviously very very difficult from that position (to win) and highly unlikely but I did believe”; “When it rained, I knew I’d have a good position, but the other guys had the fresher tyres on”
BOT: “We had a bit of a battle lap one after the safety car, I didn’t get past and I got told to minimise the risk but I understand.”
RAI: “I had a problem with one of the lappers, the Sauber. It was a tricky race but we try next time.”

It’s pouring down as the top 3 head to the podium

Toto Wolff: “All the bad luck we had came back to us in tremendous good luck.”
VER: “Luckily, the (tyre) mistake didn’t make a difference. Everybody should have come in after the safety car for new tyres. I wish the rain had come down a little later.”
RIC: “I felt it breaking for turn six, once I accelerated I expected something and it was under-powered. It didn’t sound healthy.”

So this result puts HAM 17 points ahead of VET, and Mercedes 8 ahead of Ferrari.

3 Replies to “Grand Prix of Germany – Race”

  1. Lewis Hamilton has kept his victory in the German Grand Prix after an investigation into a driving offence
    The Mercedes driver aborted a decision to pit to change tyres under a safety car and cut across the grass to rejoin the track and take the lead.
    The F1 rules dictate that “crossing the line separating the pit entry and the track by a car entering the pit lane is prohibited”.
    Hamilton has instead been issued with a reprimand.
    https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/44918516

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