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German Grand Prix - Qualifying Review

German GP - Qualifying: Back to back pole positions for Hamilton
By Armaan Ebrahim


Mercedes can be seen as a strong force this season on the Saturdays. They will be wishing to convert their strong qualifying sessions into the podium finishes on the Sunday races. German GP at the GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND, Nurburgring was no different, where former world Champion Lewis Hamilton was faster than Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by over a 100th of a second. Meanwhile Sahara Force India had a quiet qualifying session with both the drivers failing to break into the top 10 places on the grid.

Qualifying as it stands for the German GP

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton – P1

Nico Roseberg – P11

Both the Mercedes drivers had a contrasting qualifying session at Germany where Hamilton looked faster than all the drivers on the circuit and managed to grab the pole. His team mate Nico Rosberg would have been extremely disappointed as he failed to make a cut to Q3 and finished 11th on the grid. He would however be hoping to get a good start to the race and among the points by the end of the race.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P2

Mark Webber – P3

Vettel who seemed to have struggled a little over the first sector had a very good qualifying race overall to lead him to the 2nd position at the start of the race. Meanwhile the ever so consistent Mark Webber also had a good race and looked very comfortable in his Red Bull and surely looks like challenging his team mate and Lewis at the race on Sunday.

Lotus

Kimi Raikkonen – P4

Romain Grosjean – P5

Lotus had a great qualifying race with their two drivers finishing on the 2nd and the 3rd row of the grid. This is their best result since Bahrain this year and both the drivers and their cars look well equipped to atleast grab two podium finishes. Kimi could have finished a notch better had he not found traffic during his lap. But, overall the Lotus could be the cars to be watched out for tomorrow’s race.

Ferrari

Filipe Massa – P7

Fernando Alonso – P8

All is not looking good in the Ferrari camp as Massa seems to be quite upbeat about the team’s strategy of using soft compound tyres, while Alonso, wasn’t too keen about Ferrari’s tactics of going defensive for the race. Ferrari may well have to go for a 3 or 4 stop strategy for the race and hope that this works in their favor so that they could challenge the leaders.

McLaren

Jenson Button – P9

Sergio Perez – P13

Button had a good Q2 by the standards of McLaren’s this season but failed to qualify for Q3. Somehow the car isn’t looking well balanced this year and with the exit of Lewis and coming in of Perez, even luck doesn’t seem to be on their side. McLaren should be content with both the drivers amongst the points on Sunday and hope to get better results here on.

Sahara Force India

Paul Di Resta – P12

Adrian Sutil – P15

Sahara Force India will be disappointed with their results at Nurburgring, where both the drivers failed to make it to the top 10. Both the drivers looked out of their comfort zones while driving their respective cars. Sutil would have been utterly disappointed with the result at his home venue and will be hoping that he has a better race and help Sahara Force India to continue to gain their dominance over McLaren.

Will it be the Mercedes, or the Lotus or the Red Bulls that will go in happier in the race on Sunday? What will be more important, will be to see which team emerges out of the race victorious in what seems to be one of the most competent races of the season.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes