German GP Qualifying: Ferrari Woes Hands Hamilton Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen to pole position at the German Grand Prix as the Ferraris hit technical problems.
Ferrari, on top of every practice before Saturday’s shootout, looked to be the leading contenders for pole but Vettel failed to set a time in Q1 and is set to start at the back of the grid, while Leclerc made it to Q3 but then did not get out on track.
Hamilton’s 1:11.767 was comfortably quciker than Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who finished between the championship leader and his teammate Valtteri Bottas. Pierre Gasly just managed to qualify fourth ahead of Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen.
It was a superb performance by Hamilton, who has been ill this weekend at Hockenheim.
“Lewis, you never fail to amaze us,” team boss Toto Wolff said to him over the radio after the session.
Hamilton said: “The car has been feeling good, but the Ferraris have been on another level. If Leclerc had been there, it would definitely have been close between us.”
Ferrari’s issues allowed Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean into the top six, while Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg all beat their team-mates to make it into Q3.
German GP Qualifying Result
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3) Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes
4) Pierre Gasly, Red Bull
5) Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo
6) Romain Grosjean, Haas
7) Carlos Sainz, McLaren
8) Sergio Perez, Racing Point
9) Nico Hulkenberg, Renault
10) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari