Formula 1 2020: Valtteri Bottas says he needs a miracle to stop Lewis Hamilton, but will 'never give up'
It was Hamilton’s seventh win in 11 races this season and, remarkably, extended his record run of consecutive finishes in the points to 44, a statistic that will probably cause more dismay for the Finn.
Formula 1 2020: Daniel Ricciardo to pick tattoo for Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul after podium finish in Eifel GP
Ricciardo and Renault team principal Cyril Abiteboul had a bet that Abiteboul would get a tattoo of Ricciardo's choice if he could finish in the top three of a race this season.
In a touching tribute, Mick Schumacher presented Hamilton with one of his father's race helmets after he equalled the senior Schumacher's 91 wins.
"I don’t think we need to be in on Fridays," said Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton briefly sat atop the time charts, but his Mercedes teammate Bottas sped through seconds later with an unbeatable time, fastest in all three sectors of the Nürburgring track.
It was not made clear if Stroll had tested positive for COVID-19. But Stroll's teammate Sergio Perez after returning from Mexico and testing positive for the coronavirus ahead of the British Grand Prix in July.
Bottas set the pace in 1 minute 26.225 seconds, with Lewis Hamilton .136 off his Mercedes teammate in second. Ferrari showed a return to form after a run of uncompetitive races, with Charles Leclerc third fastest, .456 off Bottas, and Sebastian Vettel fifth.
Ahead of Sunday's Eifel GP, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said both Hamilton and Bottas were confined to their rooms due to two COVID-19 positive cases in their team.
Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton chases Michael Schumacher’s record as action returns to Nurburgring after seven years
Lewis Hamilton will be seeking, at the second attempt, to equal Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 wins while the seven-time champion German's son Mick is set to make his F1 debut in Friday's opening practice with Alfa Romeo.