Hamilton takes F1 German GP pole, both Ferraris forced out early

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Formula 1's 2019 German Grand Prix after Ferrari's challenge imploded with power unit problems for both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel

Hamilton takes F1 German GP pole, both Ferraris forced out early

With Vettel eliminated in Q1 without setting a time thanks to a problem with the airflow to his turbo, Leclerc was favourite for pole in Q3 having looked quickest up to that point.

But Leclerc was unable to take to the track during Q3, climbing out of his car and commiserating with his team and leaving the way clear for Hamilton to set the pace.

Ferrari has said a fuel system issue prevented Leclerc from joining the pole shootout.

Hamilton then dominated Q3, with a lap of 1m11.767 seconds, which he set on his first run, good enough for pole after he failed to improve on his second lap thanks to time lost in the middle sector.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen split the two Mercedes drivers, lapping 0.346s slower than Hamilton and just 0.016s quicker than Valtteri Bottas.

Pierre Gasly put the second Red Bull fourth, lapping four-tenths slower than Verstappen after his final attempt was disallowed for exceeding track limits exiting the final corner.

With the two Ferraris out of the way, Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen took fifth place with an advantage of 0.316s over an otherwise congested midfield.

Romain Grosjean, driving a Haas running to the same specification used in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, was sixth and just ahead of McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Racing Point's significant upgrade paid off for Sergio Perez, who qualified eighth ahead of the lead Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

That left Leclerc classified 10th despite him not running in Q3, as he had at least run without problem during the previous two stages of qualifying.

The two Mercedes drivers and Leclerc will both start on the medium-compound Pirellis after they all used them to set their best times in Q2 - something Verstappen also attempted before aborting his first run after reporting a loss of power.

Antonio Giovinazzi was relegated to 11th and eliminated during a frenetic climax to Q2, lapping just 0.012s slower than Perez.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, driving the latest-spec Haas, was always up against it after a lockup into the first corner on his final lap and he failed to improve on his first-run time as a result - ending up 12th.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo's late effort was only good enough for 13th, leading him to apologise to his team over the radio, with Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat just over three-tenths behind.

Racing Point driver Lance Stroll escaped Q1 for the first time in 2019, completing three runs to do so, which meant he only had one fresh set of softs for Q2.

He was in contention to get into the top 10, but his rear-end stepped out in the penultimate corner and was unable to improve late in the second segment.

Lando Norris was fastest of those eliminated in Q1 in 16th place, just 0.055s slower than Kvyat after being bumped into the dropzone by Giovinazzi's late improvement.

But behind him was the furious Alex Albon, who was baulked at the hairpin on his final Q1 lap by Norris and was unable to improve on his first-run time as a result.

George Russell won the Williams team battle for the 11th time this season, lapping just over a tenth quicker than Robert Kubica - the duo taking 18th and 19th thanks to Vettel's failure to post a time.

Qualifying results

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m11.767s
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 0.346s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.362s
4 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 0.755s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 0.771s
6 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1.084s
7 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1.130s
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1.298s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.359s
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari -
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1.019s
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1.022s
13 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.032s
14 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1.368s
15 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1.683s
16 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1.694s
17 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 2.954s
18 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 3.072s
19 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1.566s
20 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari -


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