In Ferocious Rain, Hamilton Scores First Victory of 2019


12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:20.236
263Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:20.242
329Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:20.524
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:20.629
51Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:20.803
662Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:20.840
723Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:21.011
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:21.127
934Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:21.176
1024Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:21.324
1122Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:21.685
1291Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:21.824
1321Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:21.901
1428Daniel MelroseFerrari1:22.075
1527Dave CassidyFerrari1:22.101
1631Romain GrosjeanHolden1:22.342
1755Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:22.688
18119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:22.824
19118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:23.160
2090Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:23.310
2132Alexander AlbonHolden1:23.412
2267Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:23.623
2356Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:23.701
246Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:23.805
255Mikhail AleshinWilliams-Mercedes1:24.100
2666Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:24.113


Audacious driving rewarded people who took a risk in battle against rivals and the Turkish rain.


Weather reports predicted that a rain storm could affect the second race at Istanbul Park for the entire week of the Grands Prix. Indeed, they were right, as the water came and it came hard. Safety Car driver Maven O’Connor sure earned his money today, starting the race in front of the pack and staying there for one third of the race distance.

After the conditions had calmed down to a point where actual racing became an option again, pole driver Lewis Hamilton was asked to lead the field into the 11th lap, the first of actual racing. He did so, retaining the lead and slowing down the pack to the point his team-mate could move one spot ahead after a bad qualifying saw him in P6.

As Hamilton build his lead and kept it through the pitstop phases, a major threat appeared. Despite a bad pitstop strategy, Jules Bianchi was able to threaten Hamilton with extreme speed. However, the British superstar managed to hang on in the final lap and finally grab that elusive win, the first one of his otherwise so-far disappointing year.

Rain gives a chance to the minor teams to advance further than they normally would: BR Mansell was one of those teams, placing their drivers in 13th and 15th after penalties to Dave Cassidy and Carlos Sainz, Jr.; the other one was Holden, which enabled Romain Grosjean to secure another two points, demonstrating his skills to all once more.


12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd60:07.15915
262Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+1.68412
329Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+5.04910
41Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+11.7788
530Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+19.0036
633Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+24.5795
724Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+28.2274
823Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+29.7923
931Romain GrosjeanHolden+35.4932
1034Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+36.1511
1122Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+38.7780
1221Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+41.3210
1355Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+42.9620
1432Alexander AlbonHolden+43.7050
1556Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+46.6080
1628Daniel MelroseFerrari+47.1490
1790Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+47.9230
1867Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+49.7290
19118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden+51.208*0
2027Dave CassidyFerrari+57.791**0
215Mikhail AleshinWilliams-Mercedes+60.7560
226Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes+62.1680
DNF63Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-MercedesLoose Wheel0
DNF91Max VerstappenCalinetic-HoldenCollision0
DNF66Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-FerrariTransmission0
DNF119Felix RosenqvistDawson-HoldenCollision0

* given five-second penalty
* given twenty-second penalty

Fastest Lap:

Jules Bianchi – 1:33.422

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Romain Grosjean – he has become an elite driver, taking every chance to help Holden’s cause.

Reject Of The Race:

Carlos Sainz, Jr. – taking out your teammate after a safety car period is simply unneeded.