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Eifel Grand Prix driver ratings
After Friday's washout, the Eifel GP was an interesting study in how the drivers could perform with limited running on a circuit last used by F1 in 2013. On a momentous day for the record books, two drivers in midfield machinery stepped up with perfect scores at the Nurburgring
Lewis Hamilton – 9
Hamilton couldn't repeat his fastest lap of qualifying when it mattered in Q3, but in any case that still wouldn't have stopped Bottas taking pole. The qualifying defeat costs the world champion a mark, but he was basically faultless in the race, taking advantage of Bottas's slip off the road after being outmuscled exiting the first corner. Never really looked like losing to Verstappen.
Max Verstappen – 9
Like Hamilton, he too failed to recreate his Q2 form in Q3, which he put down to too much understeer and just costs him a mark. In the race he yet again showed his sheer class – the only driver able to stay anywhere near the Mercedes duo, particularly in the early stages. He also got dropped at the safety car restart, but overall another brilliant display.
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