Max Verstappen wins German Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton crashes
Red Bull's Max Verstappen took his second win of the year in a chaotic and incident-strewn German Grand Prix held in intermittent rain.
The Dutchman led a topsy-turvy result in which Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took second from last on the grid and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat was third.
Lewis Hamilton had a day to forget, finishing 11th after two mistakes.
But the Briton did not lose any ground to team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the championship after the Finn crashed.
It was a dismal way for Mercedes to end a weekend when the team celebrated 125 years in motorsport and their 200th Formula 1 race.
But the Mercedes drivers were not the only ones to fall foul of the treacherous conditions in a race that featured a remarkable six safety cars – two of them virtual – and the winner made five pit stops to change back and forth between wet and dry tyres.
Ferrari's Charles Leclerc crashed when looking in strong shape for at least second place. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg went off at the same place, the treacherous penultimate corner, which was also where Hamilton made one of his errors.
After the race Hamilton was classified as finishing ninth following 30-second penalties handed to the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi for driver aid infringements. Hamilton therefore gained two points in the title race over Bottas. The action also ensured Williams scored an unlikely point for the first time this season, with Robert Kubica 10th.
Through the chaos, Verstappen drove an almost flawless race, tracking the Mercedes in third place through the first half of the Grand Prix and then moving to the front as the world champions' race fell apart.
Red Bull made all the strategy calls correctly and Verstappen judged the conditions perfectly to take a well-deserved victory which made him look the class of the field – although even he had a big spin, one corner before the bend that took out Leclerc, Hulkenberg and Hamilton.
Canadian Stroll fell behind Vettel but still managed an excellent fourth place for the team now owned by his father, while Sainz took fifth – another excellent race drive from the Spaniard, who escaped his own off at the penultimate corner – and Albon a career-best finish of sixth halfway through his debut season.
There was a treat for fans at Hockenheim as Mick Schumacher took his father Michael's championship-winning Ferrari F2004 around the circuit for a spin
How they crossed the line
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
3 Russia Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso
4 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point
5 Spain Carlos Sainz Jnr McLaren
6 Thailand Alexander Albon Toro Rosso
7 France Romain Grosjean Haas
8 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas
9 Great Britain Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
10 Poland Robert Kubica Williams
11Great Britain George Russell Williams
12 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo
14France Pierre Gasly Red Bull
Did not finish
Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
Germany Nico Hulkenberg Renault
MonacoCharles Leclerc Ferrari
Great Britain Lando Norris McLaren
Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault
Mexico Sergio Perez Racing Point