Maldonado Crashes Out, Caterham Finish 1-2


11Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:16.172
262Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:16.203
363Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:16.213
42Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:16.242
530Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:16.448
634Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:16.792
729Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:16.839
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:17.269
922Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:17.335
1021Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:17.418
1131Romain GrosjeanHolden1:17.854
1224Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:17.931
1323Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:17.962
1428Daniel MelroseFerrari1:17.104
1532Alexander AlbonHolden1:17.317
1627Dave CassidyFerrari1:17.385
175Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:17.510
1866Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:17.513
196Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:17.947
2090Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:18.104
2191Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:18.232
2267Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:18.419
2355Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:18.425
24118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:18.452
25119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:18.504
2656Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:18.901


At this point, Pastor Maldonado probably did not expect everything to go wrong within a few seconds.

Whilst thankfully, the legal conflict regarding the term “Italian Grand Prix” was settled, this year will feature the San Marino Grand(s) Prix for one last time. For 2019, however, the San Marino Grand Prix had something special: lightning is installed at San Marino and therefore we have the first European night race in F1.

British Airways Sauber F1 Team, who were the dominant force in F1 so far, struggled a bit in Q3, leaving them behind the two major contending teams of 2019. In the end, Sebastian Vettel took yet another pole position. Unfortunately for Seb, this pole was quickly undone as his teammate dashed past him into turn 1.

Lewis Hamilton went on to win the 24th San Marino Grand Prix after his main threat, Jules Bianchi, risked too much trying to get past traffic. He was not the only one making a terrible mistake, as Pastor Maldonado failed to pay attention to Melrose leaving the pit exit, running into the Australian driver.

Great performances where delivered by Theodore Racing, who finished fourth and fifth, as well as Haas, who got both of their cars in the points as well. Alexander Albon took advantage of the mayhem and his teammate’s error to score a valueable point for his Australian team, denying tenth to Santiago Urrutia and Williams.


12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd44:30.06615
21Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+11.67912
363Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+24.39210
434Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+40.2078
533Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+51.6316
622Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+64.7185
724Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+107.5544
830Dean StonemanSauber-JuddEngine3
921Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1 Lap2
1032Alexander AlbonHolden1 Lap1
116Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1266Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
1390Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
1491Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
1567Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
165Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1727Dave CassidyFerrari1 Lap0
18119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1 Lap0
19118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1 Lap0
2055Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
2156Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes2 Laps0
2262Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes2 Laps0
DNF23Pierre GaslyFAST-MercedesEngine0
DNF31Romain GrosjeanHoldenAccident0
DNF29Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddCollision0
DNF28Daniel MelroseFerrariCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – 1:18.978

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Jordan Davies – he continues to impress in recent races.

Reject Of The Race:

Pastor Maldonado – this avoidable accident really hurts his title hopes.