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?

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 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m15.510s 1.147s
8 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m15.530s 1.167s
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 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m15.989s
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m16.041s
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m16.665s
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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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?


On the race strategy and engineering aspects, follow MIE for some very well informed and insightful information, some good Web pages are;
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


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 »