Nico Rosberg has continued his perfect run of the weekend by grabbing pole position for the German Grand Prix.
While an electronic error interrupted his first attempt at a flying lap, Rosberg returned to the track to post a 1:14.363 which was a tenth quicker than his teammate Lewis Hamilton’s best effort.
Hamilton’s final attempt at pole position was ruined when the Briton locked up his front brakes costing him two-tenths of a second in the middle sector. This leaves the intra-team battle at Mercedes level as both drivers have out-qualified each other six times a piece.
Daniel Ricciardo was the next best finisher, qualifying ahead of fellow Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in third position. Ricciardo was on target to improve his lap although he lost the rear on the exit of Turn 8 which cost him a chance at improving his lap time.
The Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel qualified in fifth and sixth position respectively, with Raikkonen closest to the pace of the Mercedes finishing seven-tenths of a second behind.
Vettel began the Q3 session on a used set of super soft tyres which gave him a best time of 1:15.619, once the German switched to a new set he was only able to improve by three-tenths.
Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Force India narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez, with just under three one-hundredths of a second covering the three drivers.
Felipe Massa was a further tenth of a second behind to round out the top 10.
Both McLaren’s failed to make Q3 with Jenson Button qualifying in 12th and Fernando Alonso in 14th. On Alonso’s flying lap he ran wide over the kerbs and lost a section of his undertray, the Spaniard also complained of being held up by Vettel’s Ferrari.
Esteban Gutierrez improved on his best time to temporarily make it into the top 10, however, final laps from Massa and Perez saw the Mexican just miss out after being demoted to 11th position. His teammate Romain Grosjean was further down the order in 15th.
A late lap from Carlos Sainz knocked Kevin Magnussen out into the Q1 knockout zone while his teammate Jolyon Palmer progressed to Q2.
Sainz was unable to reach the final qualifying session finishing 1.2 seconds off the pace. The Toro Rosso driver is also under investigation for impeding Massa’s flying lap at Turn 2.
Daniil Kvyat’s best lap wasn’t good enough as he slotted into 16th position, and was demoted to 19th once Button, Sainz and Palmer improved on their times to avoid the elimination zone.
The two Manor drivers along with the Sauber pair were also knocked out in Q1.
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