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
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||1’12.113||0.346|
|4||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull||1’12.522||0.755|
|5||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo||1’12.538||0.771|
|7||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren||1’12.897||1.130|
|8||Sergio Perez||Racing Point||1’13.065||1.298|
|11||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo||1’12.786||1.019|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1’13.135||1.368|
|15||Lance Stroll||Racing Point||1’13.450||1.683|
|17||Alex Albon||Toro Rosso||1’13.461||1.694|