Lucky Hamilton secures pole in Germany

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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W10. Source: Mercedes
Mercedes saw their rivals hit trouble in a tricky weekend for the Silver Arrows and seized the opportunity with Hamilton’s pole.

Ferrari dominated all free practices in Germany and seemed to be in control of the weekend. As early as Q1, however, local idol Sebastian Vettel reported engine problems and left the session without setting a time, the German will start at the bottom of the grid. Leclerc, who was set for another pole position in his career, also had problems with his engine at the beginning of Q3, the last part of the qualifying, and without a laptime he had to settle for 10th position.

With a clear road ahead, Lewis Hamilton scored the 87th pole position of his career, racing at his Mercedes team’s home Grand Prix. Max Verstappen, who also had trouble during qualifying, put his Red Bull in the front row next to the five-time champion, narrowly outperforming Mercedes’ Bottas. Pierre Gasly, still recovering after a difficult start to the season, is 4th.

For the middle squad teams, Saturday was an opportunity. With two frontrunners out and an impressively tight pack, everyone was looking for a place in the third row of the grid. In the end the experience was valuable and Kimi Raikkonen with his Alfa Romeo will start 5th in tomorrow’s race. Haas returned to Australia spec with both cars and found its results again, Romain Grosjean was 6th while Magnussen was out in Q2 for milliseconds.

Carlos Sainz kept Mclaren in the fight and put his car in 7th position, sharing 4th row with Sergio Perez’s surprising Racing Point. Nico Hulkenberg scored the 9th and final time of Q3 participants and will start alongside Leclerc.

Starting Grid for the German Grand Prix

Cla Driver Team Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’11.767
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1’12.113 0.346
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1’12.129 0.362
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1’12.522 0.755
5 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1’12.538 0.771
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1’12.851 1.084
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren 1’12.897 1.130
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1’13.065 1.298
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1’13.126 1.359
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1’12.786 1.019
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1’12.789 1.022
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1’12.799 1.032
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1’13.135 1.368
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1’13.450 1.683
16 Lando Norris McLaren 1’13.333 1.566
17 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1’13.461 1.694
18 George Russell Williams 1’14.721 2.954
19 Robert Kubica Williams 1’14.839 3.072
20 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

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