Max Verstappen won a chaotic rain-hit German Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton crashed while on course for victory.
Hamilton crashed from the lead of the race while Valtteri Bottas’ afternoon ended in the wall following a late spin.
Dutchman Verstappen finished ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who fought back from last, and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat.
“As soon as I was ahead of the Mercedes cars, you could really see the pace I had because I was just pulling away quite comfortably with saving tyres,” he said.
“So, yeah, today was very good and we stayed mostly out of trouble. So of course, (I am) very happy to win it.”
Team principal Toto Wolff compared Mercedes’ capitulation at their home German Grand Prix to Armageddon.
Lewis Hamilton crashed from the lead of the race while Valtteri Bottas’ afternoon ended in the wall following a late spin.
Mercedes, Formula One’s all-conquering team, have been celebrating their 200th race and 125 years of motorsport at Hockenheim this weekend, with team personnel dressing in retro clothing to honour the landmark events.
The German car manufacturer’s president Ola Kallenius was in attendance for the first time as boss, while Netflix has also been following Mercedes’ every move for the second series of Formula One’s fly-on-the-wall documentary, “Drive to Survive.” Mercedes controversially declined to take part in the first season.
“This shows that you shouldn’t fool around with stuff, and that you should concentrate on the job,” said Wolff, seemingly in reference to the team’s period costumes.
“We are not superstitious but we believe in karma. Maybe you get distracted, and maybe you do things differently to how you would normally do them.
“We were celebrating 125 years here, the board are here, and all the Netflix guys are here.
“It was a terrible day for us. With Valtteri crashing out, it ended in an Armageddon weekend for us.”
Hamilton pointed the finger of blame at Mercedes for wrongly switching him from wet tyres to slicks. He crashed on his first lap out of the pits.
With Hamilton way down the order, Bottas, whose future beyond this season is uncertain, should have salvaged second.
But the Finn hit the wall in the closing stages after losing control of his Mercedes at the opening bend.
The TV cameras cut to a furious Wolff who banged both fists on his desk.
Despite their failure to score any points, Hamilton and Mercedes remain in charge of both the drivers’ and constructors’ championship ahead of the final race before the summer break in Hungary next weekend.
“You never go home and say why didn’t we win, you say why did we lose,” added Wolff.
“This is certainly going to be the discussion that we will have tomorrow. We are united in the team.”
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Max Verstappen won a frenetic rain-hit German Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton crashed while on course for victory.
Hamilton appeared set to claim his eighth win of a dominant season before drama struck on lap 29 of 64 in a race which featured four safety car periods.
The British star, who had just stopped for dry rubber, ran off the road at a final corner which had claimed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc one lap earlier.
Hamilton had to stop for a new front wing and was stationary for more than 50 seconds as his Mercedes crew dashed around for spare parts.
He finished 11th, having also been hit with a five-second penalty for entering the pits on the wrong side of the bollard, and spun in the final stages too on a day to forget for the world champion.
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Verstappen, who stopped five times in the most topsy-turvy of races, took the chequered flag to claim his second win of the campaign.
The Dutchman finished ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who fought back from last, and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat. Racing Point’s Lance Stroll finished fourth.
On a miserable day for Mercedes at their home race, Valtteri Bottas crashed out at the first corner with eight laps remaining, while in the hunt for the podium.
Bottas’ spin brought a furious reaction from Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team principal banging both his fists on the table.