The German Grand Prix is an annual automobile race that has been held most years since 1926, with 75 races having been held. The race has had a remarkably stable history for one of the older Grand Prix. We are looking forward as history will be made as the ground prix kicks off today at Hockenhei
Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to a pole position at the German Grand Prix in the qualifying session yesterday. Hamilton was 0.394 seconds a drift of the German after an unfortunate final lap to qualify and he’s 0.2 secs clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in third. Rosberg’s pole was his second in a row and his fifth of the season and it is the first time he has beaten Hamilton on merit when the two have been fighting it out in the final seconds of the session.
Hamilton will start the race alongside Rosberg on the front row but missed out on pole by a tenth after locking up into Turn Six on his final flying run.
Rosberg was restricted to just a single timed lap in Q3 after an electronics issue on his first run meant he had to abort his opening attempt to claim pole. Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe revealed Rosberg was still carrying an extra lap’s worth of fuel when he crossed the line with a benchmark time of 1:14.363 for his 27th career pole in F1. “It was a great feeling, a great lap,” said Rosberg.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth while Daniel Ricciard was fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Jenson Button was eighth but was taken to hospital with an eye “irritation”.
The 2009 world champion went to Mannheim hospital “to have a precautionary check-up”, but later said on social media: “On my way back to Hockenheim from the Mannheim hospital for an eye examination, foreign body found & removed. “All good for tomorrow.” The team did not want him to risk receiving a reprimand because he has already had two this season and a third would mean an automatic 10-place grid penalty. That means his lap times are not fully representative of his potential performance.
Hamilton took the lead for the first time with his victory in Hungary last weekend, his fifth in six races – a run which has turned a 43-point lead for Rosberg into a six-point lead for Hamilton.
Rosberg’s pole was his second in a row and his fifth of the season and it is the first time he has beaten Hamilton on merit when the two have been fighting it out in the final seconds of the session. Of his past four poles, Hamilton was unable to compete in China and Russia because of engine problems, he crashed in the European Grand Prix in Baku after an error-strewn performance and had to back out of his final lap in Hungary last weekend when he came across Fernando Alonso’s McLaren, which had spun. As such, it was a key step for Rosberg, who lost the championship lead to Hamilton for the first time this season following the Briton’s fifth win in six races last weekend.
I also had extra fuel because to make sure I do have another shot, so I had fuel for three laps.” Hamilton said afterwards: “It has been a good weekend. I had no problems. I had the pace but I just didn’t finish it off on the last lap. “Pole was definitely on. I was 0.2secs up on the lap and I just didn’t finish it. That’s it.”
We are hoping that the 60,000 spectators turn up for the race today in order to break even the title rivals who are now tied 6-6 on their head-to-head qualifying records this season.