Lewis Hamilton edged the Red Bulls to gain pole position for the German GP but it was a poor day for Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg who didn’t make it into Q3.
Hamilton set a 1:29.398 just one tenth faster than that set by Sebastian Vettel and two tenths ahead of Mark Webber, with both Lotus following behind – Raikkonen ahead of Grosjean.
However, the story of the session was the failure of Rosberg to make it into Q3 – from the outside looking in, it appeared the team had misjudged the required time and the German was sat idle in the garage as Button, Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of a change in track conditions to slip ahead.
Ricciardo made the most of the Q3 opportunity sending his Toro Rosso up into sixth – ahead of both Ferraris with Massa claiming team honours. Rounding out the top ten were both Button in the McLaren and Hulkenberg in the Sauber – both deciding to save a set of tyres for Sunday and not setting a time.
McLaren second driver Sergio Perez will start thirteenth in what is probably the best the Mexican set with the tools at his disposal. He is just behind Paul Di Resta, in what – considering the last few GPs – will be a good result for the Force India and with a strong race could be in with a podium shout.
Rounding up the rear of the grid are the usual suspects – Max Chilton pulling the short straw and starting from last in the Marussia. Also joining those dropping out in Q1 were both the Williams cars – Pastor Maldonado able to go out after his car was, at one point of the morning, on fire due to a KERS issue.
The German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring takes place tomorrow starting at 13:00