Rosberg takes pole with single lap in Germany

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Despite an electrical glitch that spoiled his penultimate qualifying lap, Nico Rosberg managed to turn a single and final run into pole for the German Grand Prix.

The German managed to eclipse his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, for pole position by a narrow margin and while you may have expected Mercedes to do well at their home race, you may not have seen the slide in performance from Ferrari allowing Red Bull to third and fourth on Sunday.

While Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen felt they were always focused on taking the fight to Ferrari, they still don’t have pace to battle for a win on Sunday. For Ferrari, it was the pace of Kimi Raikkonen besting 4-time German champ Sebastian Vettel in qualifying.

The top 10 for Sunday’s race has three German drivers as Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg claimed 7th and yet there were a lot of empty seats at Hockenheim making you wonder what has happened to the German Formula 1 fans?

PosDriverCarTimeGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1m14.363s
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m14.470s0.107s
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m14.726s0.363s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m14.834s0.471s
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m15.142s0.779s
6Sebastian VettelFerrari1m15.315s0.952s
7Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m15.510s1.147s
8Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m15.530s1.167s
9Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m15.537s1.174s
10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m15.615s1.252s
11Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m15.883s
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m15.909s
13Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m15.989s
14Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m16.041s
15Jolyon PalmerRenault1m16.665s
16Kevin MagnussenRenault1m16.716s
17Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes1m16.717s
18Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Ferrari1m16.876s
19Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m16.977s
20Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m16.086s
21Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m17.123s
22Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m17.238s

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Looking back, Mercedes managed to maintain its progress during the offseason, whereas Ferrari didn’t improve enough. And then James Allison went through great personal tragedy. Red Bull knew they’d have upgrades right around now, but didn’t underestimated how close they’d be to Ferrari and Mercedes in the early part of the season. Now they’re really reaping the rewards!

Anybody know where to find studies on racing engineering management strategy? It’s almost as intriguing as the on track action.

Remember when RB thought they’d be overtaken by Toro Rosso for a bit?

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On the race strategy and engineering aspects, follow MIE for some very well informed and insightful information, some good Web pages are;
http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/f1
http://www.somersf1.co.uk/
https://thewptformula.com/
http://www.f1technical.net/
The information isn’t as accessible or current as F1B, but if you want to delve deeper jnto the technical side of F1, there is lots of great information

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That was a very impressive performance by Rosberg to bounce back from a car failure and put in a flawless lap while running with a relatively high fuel load. Also amazing how Red Bull have worked their way up to being so competitive, despite relatively few changes to the power unit that has apparently so under powered and unreliable for the last two seasons, what a contrast with the same P.U in the Renault chassis! Of the other teams, I’ve been disappointed that Williams haven’t managed to hold or improve on their position as the third ranked team of the… Read more »