Max Verstappen/Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
The Red Bull team landed a double podium for the first time this season and finally jumped Ferrari in the constructors’ championship. Ricciardo had the more complete and solid race, finishing 6.9 seconds behind Hamilton, and it looked like he was making up some time but he simply ran out of laps.
Verstappen, who had an incredible start going from fourth to second after turn one, just couldn’t hold back his teammate and then got into some trouble with Rosberg. Verstappen has the fearlessness that makes him so much fun to watch and had he been able to get to Hamilton’s gearbox heading into turn two, the race easily could have been very different and a lot more exciting.
To beat the Mercedes, it seems you have to beat them off the starting line because they’re just so good everywhere else so far this season. Red Bull are the only team to beat Mercedes this season.
Nico Rosberg – Mercedes
Don’t spin your tires… That simple statement right there very well would have won the race for Rosberg and etched him in German F1 history, by becoming the first home driver to repeat. But Rosberg again had a terrible start that just spiraled out of control for him when he pulled an Austria re-run on Verstappen during the race, costing him a five-second penalty. Rosberg is reeling from his teammate going on this run and taking the points lead. It was a great weekend being fastest in every session and winning the pole, ending in the disappointment of a fourth place finish.
Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
Seb looked like he was driving, being the engineer, changing his own tires and possibly even designing next seasons car all at the same time during the race. The Ferrari team is in shambles it seems and Vettel epitomised it during the race. The only way I could have seen Vettel win the race would be if there was an intense downpour out of nowhere and he turned the Ferrari into an airboat, and floated himself around the Hockenheimring to victory. Ferrari look like they’re down on power and down on morale as they lost second in the constructors’. They said they were ready to bring the fight to Mercedes; it looks more like they’re going to be begging for Red Bull to wait up for them.