When the race began at Hockenheim, Sebastian Vettel was in the driver’s seat – with rival Hamilton starting on 14th and Ricciardo back all the way on 19th, his pole position aiding his championship challenge. But by the end of the race, with some unwelcome showers partly to blame, Vettel had crashed into a tyre wall with Hamilton on point followed by Valtteri Bottas with Kimi Raikkonen hanging on to third.

At the start Vettel managed to to get the hole shot and build up a decent lead while Hamilton back on the grid was banking on soft tyres to keep him out for long enough. After dropping back he began his challenge run and managed to bring himself up to sixth by the eleventh lap.

Ricciardo had similarly fought his way up the grid from his penalty induced last row start but his issues with car continued as he quietly pulled off.

It looked like pit strategy would also favour Ferrari as they managed to get Raikkonen off ultrasofts and on to softs and back out ahead of Hamilton. At one point Raikkonen also lead the race.

But that meant he was ahead of Vettel who had fresher tyres and team orders came into play moving Vettel back on point. When Hamilton was finally called in with only a third of the race to go, he swapped his soft tyres for ultrasofts.

That’s when the rain hit, sending Verstappen, LeClerc, Gasly and Alonso in for wet tyres, but the rain eased off and there was another rush to switch back. LeClerc managed to recover from a spin and the gravel trap, putting gravel on the track and getting the safety car out, although belatedly.

Vettel was another of the victims, following Perez spinning off and this time it almost looked like he was going into the tyre wall Sachskurve in slow motion, with very visible reaction once he got out of the car.

The fresh safety car saw the two leaders Bottas and Raikkonen dive into the pits for new tyres, but Hamilton stayed out (perhaps on instinct) despite being called in. The flick towards pitlane and back out on the grass verge called for an investigation, but Hamilton was let off later with a reprimand. This move saw him tailing the safety car and it was a position he didn’t let go off till the end, partly due to team orders.

Hamilton leads Bottas and Raikkonen at Hockenheim 2018

The podium saw Hamilton top Bottas and Raikkonen as the skies finally opened up. Verstappen managed a decent fourth place, while Hulkenberg brought his Renault in fifth ahead of Grosjean’s Haas.

Lewis Hamilton said post-race, “I’ve never experienced a race quite like this. I knew sitting on the grid that I had to catch the guys at the front – that was my goal. I did a very long first stint, but I had to stop just before it started to rain as the tyre just couldn’t hold out any longer. It rained more and more and it was so tricky out there, but I’d come so far, there was no way I was giving it up. To get the 1-2 for Mercedes, especially on a weekend when the Team showed their confidence in us by re-signing us, is tremendous. I would never have thought you could do something like that today but I just kept pushing, I kept believing and it happened. I prayed as I always do before the race, and it feels like those prayers were answered. There was a lot of negativity this weekend, but I feel like the rain has come down and washed away all of that negativity. It’s been a real dream and a day I’ll always remember.”

2018 Formula 1 Drivers

Car NoNameTeam2018 season2017 season
44Lewis HamiltonMercedes358363
5Sebastian VettelFerrari294317
7Kimi RäikkönenFerrari236205
77Valtteri BottasMercedes227305
33Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing216168
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing146200
27Nico HulkenbergRenault6943
11Sergio PerezForce India57100
20Kevin MagnussenHaas5319
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren5017
31Esteban OconForce India4987
55Carlos SainzRenault4554
8Romain GrosjeanHaas3128
10Pierre GaslyToro Rosso290
16Charles LeclercSauber27 
2Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1213
9Marcus EricssonSauber90
18Lance StrollWilliams640
28Brendan HartleyToro Rosso40
35Sergey SirotkinWilliams1 

2018 Formula 1 Teams

Team2018 season2017 season
Mercedes585668
Ferrari530522
Red Bull Racing362368
Renault11457
Haas Ferrari8447
McLaren Renault6230
Force India Mercedes47187
Sauber Ferrari365
Toro Rosso Honda3353
Williams Mercedes783
2018 Formula 1 Teams

2018 Formula 1 Races

LocationDateFirstSecondThird
Brazil11/11/2018   
Mexico28/10/2018Max VerstappenSebastian Vettel  Kimi Raikkonen
United States21/10/2018Kimi RaikkonenMax VerstappenLewis Hamilton
Japan07/10/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Max Verstappen
Russia20/09/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel 
Singapore16/09/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenSebastian Vettel
Italy02/09/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenValtteri Bottas
Belgium26/08/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonMax Verstappen
Hungary29/07/2018Lewis HamiltonSebastian VettelKimi Raikkonen
Germany22/07/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Britain08/07/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Austria01/07/2018Max VerstappenKimi RaikkonenSebastian Vettel
France24/06/2018Lewis HamiltonMax VerstappenKimi Raikkonen
Canada10/06/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Monaco27/05/2018Daniel RicciardoSebastian VettelLewis Hamilton
Spain13/05/2018Lewis HamiltonValtteri BottasMax Verstappen
Azerbaijan29/04/2018Lewis HamiltonKimi RaikkonenSergio Perez
China15/04/2018Daniel RicciardoValtteri BottasKimi Raikkonen
Bahrain04/04/2018Sebastian VettelValtteri BottasLewis Hamilton
Australia25/03/2018Sebastian VettelLewis HamiltonKimi Raikkonen
Abu Dhabi25/11/2018   

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