Five Highlights of the Eifel Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took a record-equalling win in an action-packed race at the Nurburgring, with plenty of overtakes and a few spills too.

The circuit definitely delivered after a seven-year hiatus from the F1 scene, despite a lack of rainy conditions on Saturday or Sunday that had been predicted to cause chaos.

Here we look at the best moments of the race, which had drama from lights out to the chequered flag.

Action from the start

Just like the last race at the Nurburgring in 2013 , the driver in second place got a better start on the pole-sitting Mercedes and two teammates battled into the first corner.

On that occasion Sebastian Vettel held off Mark Webber on the inside .

On this occasion there was a genuine battle for the lead too, it looked as if Hamilton had muscled through and then both leaders ran wide at turn one.

But Bottas hung on around the outside and continued the battle through sector one.


Past vs Future

In one of the best battles of the race – reminiscent of the Webber-Hamilton fight in 2011 – Sergio Perez was made to work hard for fourth place by Charles Leclerc. One of the drivers hasn’t got a drive for next year, the other was given a monster extension last year until 2024.

The Monegasque used DRS to his advantage in the final sector, after Perez thought he made the pass. Both went on to have strong races – Perez finished fourth, just 1.5 seconds off the podium behind Ricciardo while Leclerc finished a very creditable seventh.

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Double bill

What seemed like the decisive moment of the race – until Bottas’ engine packed up a few laps later. The Finn locked up into turn one and ran wide, allowing Hamilton to take him around the outside of turn two.

Meanwhile, George Russell succumbed to the damage done by Kimi Raikkonen’s punt and retired, triggering a VSC. There were a few spots of rain covering the camera lenses too, which just added to the excitement.

Christmas come early

There was a brilliant moment at the podium interviews after Hamilton’s record-equalling win, made particularly poignant by the fact it was at the track that’s a short distance away from Michael Schumacher’s birthplace.

Mick Schumacher handed over one of his father’s Mercedes helmets to Hamilton, who was visibly moved by the gift.


Alex Albon’s under pressure at the moment, and that might well have been a contributor to this collision.

Daniil Kvyat cut the final chicane as Albon looked to pass on the outside, and then slowed to let the Thai past.

But Albon was too hasty to get onto the racing line, and chopped off Kvyat’s front wing at the worst moment, just passed the pit entry.

Kvyat was able to continue but trailed home last, while Albon was pulled into the pits soon after, allegedly with an engine issue.

It felt more like a yellow card from Red Bull.