MAX VERSTAPPEN took the chequered flag in what proved a pulsating German Grand Prix which saw both Charles Leclerc and Valtteri Bottas crash out as well as Lewis Hamilton blow his pole position.
Because the Hockenheim track was wet. All cars started the formation lap behind the safety car, except the decision to start from the grid took 4 laps. The race started clean, but both Red Bull’s had a very bad start on the right row of the grid had a disadvantage because the track on the left side was much dryer
Hamilton looked in complete control in the early stages of the race and seemed on course to extend his lead in the championship.
Then the mayhem soon began as team strategy and safety cars playing a huge part.
Leclerc put himself in a strong position to challenge for the win after putting on the right tyres at the right moment, but then the treacherous drag strip took it’s next victim as the Ferrari driver slipped into the wall and crashed out of the race.
Lewis Hamilton followed him into the drag strip just a lap later, breaking off his nose and crawling back to the pits.
His garage though weren’t ready for him and they were left scampering around to find a new nose and new tyres as he dropped down to last.
To add insult to injury, the championship leader was handed a five-second penalty for entering the pit lane after the bollard.
That was his race over, opening up a big opportunity for Bottas to take a huge chunk out of the gap between him and Hamilton.
However, with just eight laps remaining, Bottas spun out and crashed into the barriers. Meanwhile Vettel was storming up the pack after the fifth safety car of the race and quickly targeting a podium spot after starting in 20th.
Lance Stroll was first to drop before Vettel took Daniil Kvyat for second in one of the most remarkable drives, but the win belonged to Verstappen who only enhanced his reputation for driving in tricky conditions.