Haas F1 Team drivers Esteban Gutiérrez and Romain Grosjean drove to hard-fought 11th and 13th place finishes in Sunday’s German Grand Prix Sunday at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg.
While the effort did not yield a point-paying result, it was still a strong showing from the Banbury team as both drivers had to rally from deep within the 22-car field. Gutiérrez got bottle-necked at the start and dropped to 18th while Grosjean started the 67-lap race from 20th after incurring a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change on Saturday.
While both drivers were a lap down after their pit cycles, they remained on the cusp of the top ten with 16 laps remaining. Each driver made separate, masterful passes to get around the Renault of Kevin Magnussen, with Gutiérrez overtaking him on lap 52 and Grosjean doing the same on lap 55.
The moves, along with Carlos Sainz Junior bringing his Toro Rosso to pit lane for his final stop, allowed Gutiérrez and Grosjean to climb to 12th and 13th respectively.
Opportunity still beckoned with three laps remaining as Fernando Alonso began to fade, Force India’s Sergio Perez picked him off for tenth. As Alonso continued to back up, Gutiérrez was able to nab 11th on the final lap but time ran out before Grosjean could catch him.
Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton won the race by 6.996 seconds over Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
The victory extended Hamilton’s lead in the championship standings to 19 points over his Brackley team-mate Nico Rosberg, a gain of 13 points. It was Hamilton’s 49th career Formula One victory, his sixth this season and fourth in a row.
It was also his second win at the Hockenheimring, with his first coming in 2008 during his second Formula One season.
Haa remains eighth in the constructor standings with 28 points. However, seventh-place McLaren widened the gap over the American team to 14 points via Jensen Button’s eighth-place finish.
But Haas’s 22-point advantage over ninth-place Renault went unchanged as neither Magnussen nor Jolyon Palmer finished in the points for Enstone’s Renault F1 Team.