Driver ratings from the German Grand Prix


Valtteri Bottas Sebastian Vettel Kimi Raikkonen

Who excelled on Formula 1’s return to the Hockenheimring and who needs to improve in the final race before the summer break in Hungary?

Lewis Hamilton: Not way to start a new two-year deal, rumours of illness ahead of FP3, hydraulics issue ruins qualy, leaves him starting P14

Valtteri Bottas: Signs Mercedes extension, had provisional pole for a blink of a second before Vettel powered through

Sebastian Vettel: Never won at the Hockenheimring, nobody could touch him in qualy, fifth pole of 2018, 55th of career

Kimi Raikkonen: Outqualified by Vettel in the last 10 races, standard mistake on final Q3 lap ensured Ferrari would not lock out front row,

Daniel Ricciardo:  Victim of tactical engine penalties for a clean slate in Hungary, starts P20

Max Verstappen:

Sergio Perez: 100% points scoring record at Hockenheimring

Esteban Ocon: Shock Q1 exit, talk of a move to Renault, only had one practice session ahead of qualy – Nicholas Latifi in FP1, rain in FP3 – felt a bit ‘blind’ –

Fernando Alonso: 

Stoffel Vandoorne: 11-0 to Alonso, “The worst Friday of my career”,  problems have escalated since Mclaren made changes to the car ahead of qualifying for the British Grand Prix,

Lance Stroll: Talk of a move to Force India

Sergey Sirotkin: Set to continue at Williams in 2019, reached Q2 for the first time since Monaco, joint-best qualifying this season with P12

Nico Hulkenberg: New front wing for Renault but still behind Haas, Nico Hulkenberg has never finished in the top six in any Formula 1 race in Germany (he secured 7th at Hockenheim in both 2014 and 2016).

Carlos Sainz: Doesn’t have new front wing like Hulk

Brendon Hartley: Three retirements in last four races, Toro Rosso really fallen off pace recently, three tenths behind Gasly, out in Q1

Pierre Gasly:

Romain Grosjean: P6 and P5 – best ever Haas qualifying result, fighting for Haas future,

Kevin Magnussen: P5 and P6 – best ever Haas qualifying result

Charles Leclerc: Into Q3 for third time in four races, one second quicker than Ericsson

Marcus Ericsson: