The German Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar and there were many winners and losers from the Hockenheimring, a venue where the race was last held in 2014.
Pole position for tomorrow’s grid went to Nico Rosberg who under pressure handled everything well. Rosberg had a few technical issues and even had to abort a lap with extra fuel in the car to set the fastest time.
Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez showed strong pace in qualifying and out-qualified his more experienced teammate Grosjean to P11. Gutierrez has now out-qualified Grosjean 4 times in last seven races, showing good form.
Daniel Ricciardo strongly qualified P3 ahead of his highly rated teammate Max Verstappen to start 3 rd on the grid once again this season.
German driver Nico Hulkenberg qualified seventh ahead of his Force India teammate and both Williams in which Force India is currently battling with for the Constructors’ Championship. It is a strong position for the team to be starting in. However Hulkenberg lost a grid position after using the wrong set of tyres in qualifying.
Hamilton went both wide and locked up on his final lap, which cost him pole position in Hockenheim.
Both Ferraris were out-qualified by both Red Bulls as it appeared that Red Bull has made a step forward ahead of Ferrari with their constructor’s battle in full form.
After a tough season for the young Russian, Daniil Kvyat didn’t have much more luck after qualifying 19th . He was unhappy with his performance, given his teammate once again out qualified him by a strong margin.
Fernando Alonso messed up his lap on Turn 12, taking some body work off his car along with it. He finished 14th and felt that Vettel was impeding him. His teammate Jenson Button finished in 12th position.
Jolyon Palmer may have out qualified his teammate Kevin Magnussen in 16th, but it was still not a great qualifying session for the struggling team.
Image via Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas