Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes were nowhere to be seen when Max Verstappen crossed the finish line.
Lewis Hamilton finsihed 11th. Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas did not finish at all.
The F1 German Grand Prix was a washout for the series points leaders and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was furious after the race, having watched both of his drivers crash and leave Hockenheim without a point for the first time in 2019.
At the German Grand Prix, Mercedes was celebrating its 200th Grand Prix race as well as its 125th year of motor racing. The team dressed in 1950s clothing, a nod to its first Grand Prix in 1954, and the car in a special livery. Wolff said that such publicity stunts were a distraction and did not help their weekend.
“It shows that you shouldn’t fool around with stuff,” said Wolff. “It shows that you should concentrate on the job. We are not superstitious, but we believe in karma. It’s a day to learn. I think we had a decent start of the race with good pace and then obviously you had incidents, crashing out in tricky conditions, the wrong calls and this is where it then all started to go wrong.”
Talking about Hamilton’s accident and a nearly 50-second delay while the Mercedes mechanics scrambled to get into position when he pitted, Wolff said, “It was unfortunate because crashing right at the entry of the pit lane, obviously you are not prepared. We made the wrong calls afterwards and it all came together.”
Describing Bottas’s race, crashing out late on when sitting in a podium place, Wolff held no punches. Bottas made this mistake at precisely the wrong moment.
“Shit race,” said Wolff. “Many others made the mistake. Leclerc crashed and many others crashed. Overall for us it was a bad day, for the drivers it was a bad day. Simply cannot go much worse.”
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