Formula 1

Hamilton takes pole in Germany, Ferrari have a nightmare

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Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the German Grand Prix ahead of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen while Sebastian Vettel will start his home race in last.

Vettel complained about an issue with his engine in Q1 and pitted without setting a fast lap. His mechanics tried resolving the problem before the end of the session but it appeared to be a turbo issue.

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It meant his team were unable to get his car back out and he will start last as a result.

Things got worse for Ferrari in Q3 with Charles Leclerc unable to set a lap time as he also suffered reliability issues. He had looked to be challenging for pole position but with a fuel issue stopping him from going out, he will now start tomorrow’s race in 10th.

Valterri Bottas took third ahead of the Red Bull of Pierre Gasly while Kimi Raikkonen put in an impressive performance to end up fifth fastest in his Alfa Romeo.

Romain Grosjean bounced back from a difficult British Grand Prix to end up sixth, one place ahead of the McLaren of Carlos Sainz Jr.

Racing Point also saw improvements having brought a number of upgrades with them for this weekend as Sergio Perez ended up eighth, while Nico Hulkenberg was ninth fastest.

Antonio Giovinazzi just missed out on Q3 by 0.01s and will start tomorrow’s race in 11th while the second Haas of Kevin Magnussen was 12th fastest.

Daniel Ricciardo will start 13th ahead of Daniil Kvyat and the Racing Point of Lance Stroll.

Lando Norris had a difficult qualifying session, ending up 16th ahead of the Toro Rosso of Alex Albon and the Williams pair of George Russell and Robert Kubica.

 

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