German GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to earn home F1 pole

Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position of the 2016 Formula 1 season at the German Grand Prix

German GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to earn home F1 pole

Having been outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the first two segments of qualifying, Rosberg was on the back foot after the first runs in Q3 having had to abort his lap because of an "electronic issue".

Hamilton meanwhile went quickest by six tenths of a second among those who completed an early run.

Rosberg headed out early for his second run on super-softs, presumably to give him the option of a second lap if required, and took top spot by just over a tenth of a second.

Hamilton then set off for his final run, but after being just over a tenth of a second faster than Rosberg in the first sector, locked up at the Turn 6 hairpin and fell short.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo beat team-mate Max Verstappen to fourth, 0.363s off Rosberg's pace.

Ferrari locked out the third row, with Kimi Raikkonen outpacing Sebastian Vettel by almost two tenths to win the intra-team battle.

Force India and Williams had a very close battle for the final four places in the top 10, with the four cars covered by just 0.105s.

Nico Hulkenberg won the battle ahead of Valtteri Bottas, with Sergio Perez ninth ahead of Felipe Massa.

Esteban Gutierrez was the fastest driver in Q2 to be eliminated, ending up 11th on the grid, after briefly breaking into the top 10 with his final run before being eliminated by Massa's late improvement.

McLaren driver Jenson Button was 12th ahead of Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr, who is under investigation for impeding Massa at Turn 2.

Fernando Alonso was 14th after running wide over a kerb and shedding some small parts of his front wing in the stadium section - although he also complained about being held up by Vettel's slow Ferrari.

Romain Grosjean, who lost most of Saturday morning practice to a gearbox problem that will lead to a five-place penalty, was 15th ahead of Renault driver Jolyon Palmer, the Briton making his first Q2 appearance since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was the surprise driver to be eliminated in Q1 thanks to late improvements from the Renault drivers and Manor's Pascal Wehrlein.

Palmer's final lap put him into Q2, with Kevin Magnussen taking 17th place with a lap less than a tenth slower than his team-mate.

Despite not believing he could have gone any quicker after his second run, Wehrlein used a third set of super-softs to take 18th with what he described as a "great" lap ahead of the baffled Kvyat.

Sauber pairing Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson locked out the back row, with the former just over a tenth faster than his team-mate.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.363s -
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.470s 0.107s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m14.726s 0.363s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m14.834s 0.471s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m15.142s 0.779s
6 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m15.315s 0.952s
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m15.530s 1.167s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m15.510s 1.147s
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m15.537s 1.174s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m15.615s 1.252s
11 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m15.883s -
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m15.909s -
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.041s -
14 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m16.665s -
15 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.989s -
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m16.716s -
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m16.717s -
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m16.876s -
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m16.977s -
20 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m16.086s -
21 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.123s -
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m17.238s -


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