Rosberg on pole as Hamilton crashes out

By on Saturday, July 19, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the German Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton suffered a brake failure during the first knockout session at a hot Hockenheim.

Rosberg set a time of 1:16.540 during Q3 to eclipse the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa on a difficult day for Mercedes team-mate Hamilton.

Hamilton had already set a time good enough to make it through to Q2 but he suffered a front right brake disc failure as he approached turn 13 and was pitched into the tyre barriers. He was able to walk away from the crash but was unable to take any further part in qualifying and as a result will start the race from 15th on the grid.

That paved the way for Rosberg to take advantage and the German duly topped Q1 and Q2, before posting a 1:16.540 early on in Q3.

Bottas briefly threatened Rosberg during the final run in Q3 as he set the fastest time in sector two but the Finn ended up 0.219s down on Rosberg - who was unable to improve on his own time - with Massa in third and Kevin Magnussen fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo claimed fifth, ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Fernando Alonso salvaged seventh place for Ferrari, while Daniil Kvyat qualified in eighth place, ahead of the Force India pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

Two world champions fell in Q2 as Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen were both unable to set a quick enough time. Button suffered a minor moment at the penultimate corner as he missed out on Q3 by 0.032s, while a lock up into the hairpin ended Räikkönen’s hopes of progression.

Jean-Éric Vergne was 13th, while Esteban Gutiérrez qualified 14th but will slip to 17th as a result of his three place penalty for colliding with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone.

As a result, Romain Grosjean will move up to 14th, ahead of Hamilton and Adrian Sutil, who failed to make it out of Q1 but benefits from his team-mate’s sanction.

Marussia’s Jules Bianchi was able to eclipse the time set by the Lotus of Pastor Maldonado and will line up from 18th position.

Kamui Kobayashi edged out Max Chilton by less than a tenth of a second to claim 20th, with Marcus Ericsson rounding out the grid after sitting out qualifying due to a hydraulics leak.

German Grand Prix Qualifying results:

16Nico RosbergMercedes1:17.6311:17.1091:16.540
277Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:18.2151:17.3531:16.759
319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:18.3811:17.3701:17.078
420Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:18.2601:17.7881:17.214
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:18.1171:17.8551:17.273
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:18.1941:17.6461:17.577
714Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:18.3891:17.8661:17.649
826Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:18.5301:18.1031:17.965
927Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:18.9271:18.0171:18.014
1011Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:18.9161:18.1611:18.035
1122Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:18.4251:18.193
127Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:18.5341:18.273
1325Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:18.4961:18.285
1421Esteban Gutierrez*Sauber-Ferrari1:18.7391:18.787
158Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:18.8941:18.983
1644Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.683
1799Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:19.142
1817Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:19.676
1913Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:20.195
2010Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:20.408
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:20.489
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault

* Three place grid penalty for causing a collision at the British Grand Prix.

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