Max Verstappen reacts to winning crazy German Grand Prix as Leclerc and Bottas crash out


Verstappen has always been a master in the wet but put in a masterclass performance for his second win of the season in the trickiest conditions.

The track was awash with a downpour of rain as the drivers took to the grid and Lewis Hamilton got off to a flying start and quickly opened up a commanding lead.

It looked as though he would be on course for his sixth win in eight races, but then the drama soon took over.

Charles Leclerc took advantage of a few safety cars to put him in control and in position to soon take the lead, but then fell foul of the drenched drag strip as he crashed into the barriers.

Hamilton soon followed him as he badly damaged his front wing. The Briton was able to get out and crawl to the pits, but his crew weren’t ready and he soon began to fall down the pack to the back.

A five-second penalty all-but killed any chances he had of doing anything in the race.

Back at the front of the grid, Verstappen had emerged from a round of pit stops as the new leader, but Valtteri Bottas now knew he had a great opportunity to close the gap on Hamilton.

But the Finn skidded on some standing water on a corner with eight laps to go, spinning around 360 before crashing into the barriers.

Verstappen didn’t go through the race without incident either though, as he spectacularly spun 360 midway through and somehow kept it on the track to continue racing.

Speaking after his win, the Dutch star was clearly ecstatic at emerging through a hectic race as the winner.

“It was an amazing race to win in the end, it was really tricky out there to make the right calls, and we really had to be focused,” he said.

“We had a little moment on the slick tyres, but it was a really nice 360!

“I enjoyed that, but it was all about trying to not make too many mistakes.

“You learn over the years.”


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