2019 F1 calendar has given us a series of a wished-for classic-racing with all aspects for a race. The spirit of competition between drivers no matter which team they represent since the Canadian GP (skip the dull French GP). And at the German GP which is likely to be dropped next year has served up a thriller for the second straight year on Sunday.
We have explored driver’s skills in wet conditions, the pressure on both sides, driver, and team, disappointments and surprises, a remarkable podium finish and new records for some drivers and teams too.
It was a weather dominated race which spoilt the race day for many drivers especially for both Mercedes drivers at their home soil Grand Prix, Hockenheim who was created by Mercedes back in 1932 and kept last Hockenheim on the 2019 calendar in a last-minute deal by Mercedes-Benz. It was an awful race. A race to forget for both drivers.
Who thought that infallible Mercedes would collapse at their home GP in front of millions of viewers around the world while celebrating their 200 GP and team's 125 years of motorsport. Who thought that the pride of the reigning five-time world champions would be shaken yet as we know this is racing!
On the other hand, Who thought that Vettel would climb the podium with just second behind the winner Verstappen starting from 20th. We saw how difficult qualifying day it was on the German who had dysphagia from a deep disappointment, he was nominated for a pole position though. I believe Vettel would win the race if more laps were added to the race if we just imagine a fine battle of the Japanese Bull and the Italian Horse.
However, the third position was another drama story to tell, all new Russian episode on breaking news. Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat P3. period. Who thought that the Russian man who was sacked by Red Bull in 2017 would clamp the podium happily after he passed Stroll to take P2 until Vettel reached both on a hunt to Verstappen. However, it was the Italian out fit's first podium since Monza 2008 – when young Sebastian Vettel won the 2008 Italian Grand Prix for Toro Rosso. Kvyat admits that he has come through a difficult period in F1 with his podium for Toro Rosso.
Last but not least, Kubica was celebrating his first-ever single point with Williams since he joined back the sport as his last time scoring points was back at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, eight years and 258 days earlier. by that statistic number, he broke a new record indeed! he has been broken a past record for the "longest gap" of consecutive point-less scores which was set by Lucien Bianchi in 1968. Bianchi went through seven years and 342 days point-less between 1960 Belgian Grand Prix and 1968 Monaco Grands Prix.
Hockenheim was short story painted portraits that illustrate a whole rainbow of emotions of drivers and teams. The advantage of a dramatic, rainy German Grand Prix was taken and tasted by some only.
Silverstone newly signed a new deal to stay on the calendar for five years, reportedly rescued by a much lower hosting fee, and Sebastian Vettel believes Germany should be afforded similar treatment.
"I hope that we don't lose this race," he said. "I think not only for me and Nico [Hulkenberg] as German drivers, I think for the German crowd that we saw is very passionate, a lot of people turning up.
"We have Grands Prix that we just mustn't lose such as Monza, such as the race at Silverstone in the UK.