F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2019 German GP

Valtteri Bottas (Retired, Lap 56): 6/10
After a series of races in which he'd lagged behind his Mercedes team mate, Valtteri Bottas needed a good result this weekend to rejuvenate his spirits and reboot his championship campaign. With Lewis Hamilton feeling unwell, and Ferrari stumbling with technical issues in qualifying, it looked like he would have his chance after picking up a third place grid spot on Sunday. A poor start for Max Verstappen handed him second on plate at the start, but the poorly Hamilton was proving annoyingly robust in the lead - right up to lap 30 when the Brit dramatically aqua-planed off at the final corner. Bottas was still denied the lead however, as Verstappen was now in charge of proceedings leaving the Finn stubbornly stuck in second. A subsequent change to slick tyres lost him some track position and he found himself running fourth behind Verstappen, Alex Albon and Lance Stroll on lap 56. As a result he pushed too hard, clipped the kerb at turn 1 and sailed off through the gravel and into the tyre wall - exactly what he didn't want, and really couldn't afford this weekend.