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?
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.726s||0.363s|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.834s||0.471s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.510s||1.147s|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.537s||1.174s|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.989s||–|
|18||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m16.876s||–|