2014 GERMAN GP: NICO AGAIN ON POLE, LEWIS WENT OFF

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for his home grand prix, in track temperatures that were just as hot as those seen yesterday. Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were second and third on the grid for Williams. Bottas and Hamilton were the only drivers to progress to Q2 without using the P Zero Red supersoft tyre, which all the other drivers, including Rosberg, used. From then on, all the drivers used the softest compound in the range for the rest of qualifying, which was around a second faster than soft tyre, also nominated for Hockenheim.

Lewis Hamilton, crashed due to a mechanical failure in Q1 but still managed to qualify in 16th position. Although he is out of position, this gives him a completely free choice of tyres for the race and the opportunity to use strategy to his advantage.

The biggest talking point though remains the weather, with the current hot weather expected to be replaced by thundery rain showers tomorrow afternoon.
 P.    DRIVER             TEAM           TIME       GAP  
 1. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG   1:16.540
 2. Valtteri Bottas     Williams       1:16.759  +  0.219
 3. Felipe Massa        Williams       1:17.078  +  0.538
 4. Kevin Magnussen     McLaren        1:17.214  +  0.674
 5. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull       1:17.273  +  0.733
 6. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull       1:17.577  +  1.037
 7. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari        1:17.649  +  1.109
 8. Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso     1:17.965  +  1.425
 9. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India    1:18.014  +  1.474
10. Sergio Perez        Force India    1:18.035  +  1.495
    Q2 Најбрзо време: Nico Rosberg 1:17.109              
11. Jenson Button       McLaren        1:18.193  +  1.084
12. Kimi Raikkonen      Ferrari        1:18.273  +  1.164
13. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso     1:18.285  +  1.176
14. Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber         1:18.787  +  1.678
15. Romain Grosjean     Lotus          1:18.983  +  1.874
16. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG   no time
    Q1 Најбрзо време: Nico Rosberg 1:17.631              
17. Adrian Sutil        Sauber         1:19.142  +  1.511
18. Jules Bianchi       Marussia       1:19.676  +  2.045
19. Pastor Maldonado    Lotus          1:20.195  +  2.564
20. Kamui Kobayashi     Caterham       1:20.408  +  2.777
21. Max Chilton         Marussia       1:20.489  +  2.858
22. Marcus Ericsson     Caterham       no time
    107% време: 1:23.065