Lewis Hamilton scored the 91st victory of his Formula 1 career at the Nurburgring, equalling the all-time record for most wins in F1, set by Michael Schumacher.Valtteri Bottas, his closest rival, failed to score after retiring before half-distance with a suspected MGU-H failure.
A lively race run in unusually cool conditions saw several incidents. Bottas, who held the lead from pole position, lost his advantage when he ran wide at turn one, prompting Hamilton to pass him around the outside of the next corner.
Max Verstappen came in second having fallen five seconds behind Hamilton despite the field being compressed by a Safety Car period which ended with just over 10 laps to go. His team mate Alexander Albon retired earlier on following a collision with Daniil Kvyat.
The final spot on the podium went to Daniel Ricciardo, who ended Renault’s nine-year wait for a top three finish. As with the other two podium finishers, his team mate did not reach the chequered flag, a hydraulic failure accounting for Esteban Ocon earlier on.
Sergio Perez rose through the field to finish fourth ahead of Carlos Sainz Jnr. Lando Norris was on course for a strong finish in his McLaren before suffering a problem with his newly-fitted Renault power unit, which eventually forced him out, causing the late Safety Car period.
Seven different cars occupied the top seven places: Pierre Gasly brought his AlphaTauri home sixth, while Charles Leclerc slipped back from his fourth place on the grid to take seventh for Ferrari. Team mate Sebastian Vettel spun on his way to a point-less 11th.
Following his 11th-hour recall to Racing Point, Nico Hulkenberg rose from last on the grid to claim points for eighth place. Romain Grosjean nursed a sore hand from the beginning of the race, which he believed was caused when it was struck by gravel from Kimi Raikkonen going off, but claimed his first points of the season with ninth.
Antonio Giovinazzi claimed the final point for Alfa Romeo in 10th, with Vettel and his team mate Kimi Raikkonen close behind. Raikkonen served a 10-second time penalty for a collision with George Russell which ended the Williams driver’s race.
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2020 Eifel Grand Prix reaction
- Renault “not scared of anywhere” in remaining races
- Bottas “needs a miracle” to overturn Hamilton’s 69-point lead
- Mercedes relied on DAS “more than ever” at cold Nurburgring
- Hamilton and Schumacher surprisingly similar in the car, quite different out of it – Shovlin
- Hulkenberg’s Silverstone feedback prompted Racing Point suspension upgrades
- Vettel: I always thought Schumacher’s wins record would never be beaten
- Hamilton: ‘Older drivers have a bee in their bonnet about me – maybe one day they ‘ll get over it’
- Albon had a “pretty sensible weekend” and his penalty was “harsh” – Horner
- Renault vindicated by podium finish after “very painful” 2019
- Mercedes hope Bottas can avoid grid penalty after power unit fault
- FIA rejects Verstappen’s claim Safety Car was used ‘to make race more exciting’
- Norris expects grid penalties after Eifel GP power unit problem
- Vettel admits he ‘took too much risk’ after early spin
- Hamilton pays tribute to “an icon and a legend” after equalling Schumacher’s wins record
- Russell: Raikkonen cost us chance to score points
- Wolff: Hamilton’s dominance isn’t only because he drives a Mercedes
- Ricciardo will hold Abiteboul to tattoo bet after breakthrough podium
- Hamilton thought he’d never get “anywhere near” Schumacher’s win record
- Albon given two penalty points for collision Kvyat branded “unprofessional”
- Raikkonen handed two penalty points for “avoidable” collision with Russell
- Bottas expected to resume Hamilton fight before retirement