Hamilton crushes everyone the day Renault returns to the podium

The Brit equals Michael Schumacher's record of 91 wins. Verstappen and Ricciardo completed the box and Sainz signed a great fifth. Bottas quit.


Long ago, Lewis Hamilton stopped racing against the drivers of this competitive and spectacular grid at the Nurburgring. The Brit is part of the history books, is among the myths of sport, of all specialties, and can become one of the most dominant athletes of all time. He drives a car, others collect rings or Grand Slam. Since this Sunday, in Germany, he is already one of the two with the most victories in the grand prix, he has reached 91 for Michael Schumacher. And he did it to the champion, forced errors and subdued the rivals on the asphalt to position himself, wheel by wheel, with the rival of Olympus. It seems inevitable that the Kaiser can hold the stake in the next braking. Verstappen and Ricciardo completed the podium with the Renault. Sainz went back to a suffered fifth to scare ghosts.

The Eifel GP race was intense, with an open strategy and on a colossal circuit. At the beginning, also disputed: Bottas came out regular, but he returned it to the champion by launching himself through the interior of Turn 2 with fierceness. The Finn was the leader, although he pressed his opponent. So much so that he forced an unforgivable braking pass from Valtteri when he was on his heels, a second behind. Hamilton smelled the blood and chased the lead within a few yards. Free track, even more so when Bottas' engine said enough and gave up. Bleeding points in the championship so that Hamilton soon reaches, also, the seven titles of the greatest of all time.

Verstappen never had the rhythm to get close to Mercedes, he lived in no man's land and with a lot of advantage over the countless battles that took place behind: Ricciardo against Pérez, Albon against Gasly and Kvyat, Leclerc against everyone. The 'virtual safety car' brought about by a touch from Raikkonen to Russell forced the first pit stops to be impatient. That ruled out Ferrari from the fight for the podium, their Monegasque driver tried but on the wall they made it very difficult. Meanwhile, Sainz started from tenth place and collected bodies with a lower McLaren MCL35.

Final sprint of ten laps

Everyone met again with ten laps to go, when Lando Norris' abandonment allowed Race Direction to take out a somewhat exaggerated safety car that allowed those who were fairer, such as Ricciardo, to change tires. Grouped together, Verstappen fell asleep when the race was relaunched and had more problems with the Australian, from behind, than intentions to burst Hamilton's party. The Briton put him five seconds into the goal. The Dutchman was enough with the second and Renault will celebrate, much, a third in front of its new CEO, Luca de Meo. It's the firm's first podium since Malaysia 2011 (Enstone took the podium at Belgium 2015 as Lotus). Fernando Alonso smiles.

The battle between Ricciardo and Checo Pérez was worthy of the position in question. As for Carlos Sainz, there is no fifth bad and that is the position he got in a hard-fought grand prize. He capitalized on the abandonments of his partner, Albon, Ocon and Bottas, all for mechanical reasons, and hunted down Leclerc with the optimal strategy. There was no rhythm to fight for the third and in Woking they must solve that problem. The points were completed by Gasly, Leclerc or a worthy Hulkenberg (replacing Stroll, sick), eighth and first German in the classification with a certain margin over eleventh, Vettel. Grosjean and Giovinazzi, two unusual ones, closed the top-10.

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