Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) takes the pole position at home during the Formula 1, German Grand Prix with an impressive last lap. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) will start in second place ahead of Kimi Räikkönnen (Ferrari)
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) takes the pole position at home during the German Grand Prix with an impressive last lap. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) will start in second place ahead of Kimi Räikkönnen (Ferrari). Difficult qualifying session for Lewis Hamilton who had to stop during Q1 because of a hydraulic problem. Note the good performances of Romain Grosjean (6th) and Charles Leclerc (9th).
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) won his 55th career pole position on Saturday at theFormula 1 German Grand Prix with the Hockenheim track record.
The leader of the world champion will start on the starting grid Sunday ahead of Finns Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari). Victim of a hydraulic problem in Q1, the Briton Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), he leads eight points in the standings, could not take part in the rest of the session and will start at the best of 14th place.
Vettel clocked the best time (1: 11.22 ) in the closing stages, comfortably beating Bottas by 204/1000 to conquer his fifth pole of the season.
“In the last lap, I had a surplus of energy, and I managed to get the most out of the car,”he said.
” I’m still thrilled with adrenaline! ” Said the quadruple world champion, who has the opportunity to hit hard in his national GP with the problems faced by his rival for the title.
“Seeing all these German flags in the stands is great,” said Vettel, while the future of F1 in his country is in danger.
“The start will be crucial, because in terms of race pace, we will be very close,” said Bottas.
The Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull) will occupy the 4th position Sunday.
His Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo will start from the back of the grid after receiving several penalties following a change of engine.
The Haas of the Deans Kevin Magnussen and the Frenchman Romain Grosjean signed a nice group shot, in the 5th and 6th ranks.
Renault’s All Emand Nico Hülkenberg and Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr will be in front of Monaco’s Charles Leclerc, once again brilliant at the wheel of his Sauber.
France’s Esteban Ocon (Force India) and Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) were eliminated in Q1 and will start 14th and 15th, if Hamilton gets a penalty for a gearbox change.