(Reuters) – Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Eifel Grand Prix at the Nuerburgring, round 11 of the 17 race championship (listed in current championship order):
MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas retired)
Hamilton, starting second on the grid, equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 wins with his seventh victory of the season. The Briton is now 69 points clear of Bottas, who started on pole but suffered his first retirement of the season, and has scored more points (230) than Red Bull. Mercedes are 180 points clear of Red Bull in the constructors’ standings.
RED BULL (Max Verstappen 2, Alexander Albon retired)
Verstappen remains third in the championship but the gap to Bottas is now only 14 points. He set the fastest lap right at the end. Albon started fifth but damaged his tyres on the opening lap and then collided with Kvyat, breaking the AlphaTauri’s front wing and collecting a five second time penalty and two points on his licence. He retired with a power unit issue after debris pierced the car’s radiator.
RACING POINT (Sergio Perez 4, Nico Hulkenberg 8)
Points for both drivers lifted the team to third overall, four points clear of McLaren. Perez started ninth, and might have made the podium but for a late safety car that helped Ricciardo pit for fresh tyres, while Hulkenberg was last on the grid after standing in at short notice for unwell Canadian Lance Stroll. The German was voted driver of the day by F1 fans.
MCLAREN (Carlos Sainz 5, Lando Norris retired)
Sainz started 10th, Norris eighth. Norris was in fourth