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Verstappen takes chequered flag in Germany

28th July 2019, 16:30 by Dan McCarthy

Max Verstappen has won a thrilling, rain-hit German Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who came from the back of the grid.

The start of the race was delayed behind the safety car as the cars tried to sweep off as much standing water as possible.

However, it got going with most drivers starting on wet weather tyres, though the track quickly began to dry, and Racing Point's Sergio Perez's early crash led to a safety car.

Lewis Hamilton, who started on pole, looked very solid in the early stages of the race, but crashed into the barriers and damaged the front wing of his Mercedes, and a chaotic pit stop effectively ruined his race.

Team-mate Valtteri Bottas did not fare any better as he crashed on a very slippery final corner which led to one of four safety cars throughout the race, with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc also having the same fate.

Red Bull's Verstappen drove the race beautifully and the Red Bull team made the right calls at the right times, with no fewer than five pit stops taken by the Dutchman in order to switch from dry to wet tyres.

Vettel of Ferrari also had a great race and showed his true pace towards the end when he made his way past a number of cars in the final ten laps to finish a remarkable second after starting last.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat rounded off the podium with his best result of the season, in a race which leaves Hamilton top of the table, though both Verstappen and Vettel have clawed some ground on the Mercedes pair, who will quickly want to forget their 200th Formula One race.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Dan McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, and a keen Leeds United fan. He also follows darts, snooker, motorsport, and rugby league.

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