Rosberg grabs pole position at Hockenheimring
The reigning champion was the fastest in the first qualifying round, scoring a lap time 1:15.243, while from the second round were eliminated both Sauber’s and both Manor’s cars, as well Renault’s Kevin Magnussen and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat who is, according to the reports from Russia, driving his last year in Formula 1.
In Q2, the reigning champion again was one to beat. He was the fastest with a lap time 1:14.748, only 0.091s faster than his teammate Nico Rosberg and they were the only two drivers with a result under 1:15s. Surprisingly, both McLarens were out of the last session, just as Both Haas cars. Jolyon Palmer and Carlos Sainz completed the list of drivers who stayed out of the race for pole position.
In the final round, when it was the most important, Rosberg managed to fight back and with a lap time 1:14.363s won the pole position for the fifth time in 2016. Hamilton will start from P2, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen will start from row 2, while Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel are in the third starting row.
Nico Hulkenberg and Valtteri Bottas will start from positions 7 and 8 respectively. Sergio Perez will start from P9 while Felipe Massa will be beside at 10th starting position.