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2019 German GP Was Honda’s Best F1 Race in 27 Years

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Kvyat Finishes 3rd at 2019 German GP
Photo: Honda

The 2019 German GP was full of dramatic twists and turns, but in the end, it was Honda that prevailed. With Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen on top and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat in third, it marked Honda’s first double podium finish since the 1992 Portugal GP.

Verstappen & Kvyat on 2019 German GP Podium
Max Verstappen (left) and Daniil Kvyat (right) celebrate on the podium at Hockenheim
Photo: Honda

It was also Toro Rosso’s first podium since the 2008 Italian GP, Verstappen’s second win of 2019 and seventh of his career, and, down in sixth place, rookie Alexander Albon’s career-best result in Formula One. And notably, it was the first time Honda-powered cars scored more points in a race than any other manufacturer since it rejoined the sport in 2015.

“It was a very difficult race, because of the changing conditions between wet and dry and the result is down to the excellent drives from both drivers, spot on strategies from the two teams and great work from both pit crews,” said Toyoharu Tanabe, Honda F1’s technical director.

“Honda really appreciates their efforts. After winning with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing already in Austria, it is particularly pleasing to see Scuderia Toro Rosso on the podium, as they helped us get back on the right road to success last year.”

Honda’s partnership with the Red Bull organization is so far paying dividends and has exceeded the expectations of the F1 team. Red Bull Racing is closer to the top two teams than it was with Renault engines, and would probably be ahead of Ferrari if not for Pierre Gasly’s lackluster performances, as his teammate Verstappen is currently well clear of both Ferrari drivers.

What’s more, with its strong result in Germany, Toro Rosso is now fifth in the overall manufacturers’ championship, ahead of the factory Renault team and already with more points than it had earned throughout the entirety of 2018.