Nico Rosberg followed his pole position at the Hungarian GP with another at his home race in Germany, beating out Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, earning his 27th career pole and fifth of the season.
After dominating the practice sessions, the German driver came in 0.107 seconds ahead of Hamilton, who took the Drivers’ Championship lead with a win at the Hungaroring last weekend, despite a scare at the beginning of the top 10 shootout.
Gazzetta World note that in his first lap of Q3, Rosberg abandoned the time and made his way into the pits after an electronics issue, but he emerged for his second run and took first position, exactly 30 years on from his father, Keke Rosberg’s last ever pole in Formula 1.
“It was a great feeling and a great lap,” Rosberg said after the session. “I also had extra fuel incase something problematic happened. I was really satisfied with that one.”
Meanwhile, a clearly irked Hamilton added: “It has been a good weekend overall, I had no issues with the car. I had the pace, but didn’t finish it off in the last lap.”
In a turbulent week for Ferrari, with departures in the technical department and a downturn in form, they continued to struggle to keep up with the Red Bulls as Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen emerged third and fourth.
Sebastian Vettel could only manage sixth fastest, behind teammate Kimi Raikkonen who was two tenths of a second ahead in fifth place.
“I would love to say I’m happy [with the result],” Vettel said. “I didn’t feel comfortable with the car in qualifying, and that is something we need to understand.
“It is a decent result, but we aren’t here to finish fifth or sixth, we’re here to challenge for pole. We know where to improve, and we fell back this afternoon, we were just not as good as we usually are.”
Rounding out the top 10 were Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenburg, and the Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa.
Despite an encouraging weekend in Hungary, McLaren found their fortunes reversing with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button both failing to make it into Q3, and will start 14th and 12th, respectively.
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