The Finnish driver complained about the W11 suddenly short of power.
Bottas only stayed on the track for a few more minutes, before giving up and bringing the car to pit at round 18 due to a breakdown on the engine’s MGU-H. Bottas’s chance to keep up with his teammate Hamilton has gone into smoke.
From this point on, Hamilton was in complete control of the race and slowly pulled away from the other group. Verstappen just enough to stick to around 20s. Since then, the distance between Hamilton and Red Bull’s racer has sometimes been extended to more than 11 seconds. Victory is almost certainly within the reach of the British racer.
Although the safety car appeared on the race in the 50th round after the incident of Lando Norris (McLaren), Hamilton still did not flinch when the distance was blurred. In less than 10 laps, Verstappen is trying very hard to follow and set the fastest-lap in the final round. But he was more than four seconds behind by Hamillton when he finished.
On the podium, Hamilton was presented with Schumi’s helmet by Mick Schumacher, son of legendary Michael Schumacher, to mark the legendary day of British riders. Hamilton did not hide his happiness when catching up with the senior driver’s achievements.
In the back, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg had an impressive and memorable day. Ricciardo helped Renault first get to podium since returning to F1 in 2016. In part thanks to the help of Bottas and Norris, but the Australian racer struggled with Sergio Perez (Racing Point) as well. and before that was Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) during the race.
Meanwhile, Hulkenberg entered the game as a stuntman. He only received an offer to replace Lance Stroll (Racing Point) late Saturday morning, and made it to the qualifying round before starting a few minutes before the start. Although only starting the race in the last place, the perseverance and a series of incidents in the previous group have helped the host race to finish eighth with four precious points.
At the end of the Eifel Grand Prix, the F1 race will take a two-week break, before returning to the Portuguese race in Portimao from October 24 to 26.