German GP: Hamilton on pole as Ferrari implodes

Edd Straw
United Kingdom

With Vettel eliminated in Q1 having completed a single lap thanks to a problem with the airflow to the turbo, Leclerc was favourite for pole in Q3 having looked quickest up to that point.

But Leclerc was unable to take to the track during Q3, climbing out of his car and commiserating with the team and leaving the way clear for Hamilton to set the pace.

Hamilton then dominated Q3, with the lap of 1m11.767s he set on his first run good enough for pole after he failed to improve on his second lap thanks to time lost in the middle sector.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen split the two Mercedes drivers, lapping 0.346s slower than Hamilton and just 0.016s quicker than Valtteri Bottas.

Pierre Gasly put the second Red Bull fourth, lapping four tenths slower than his team-mate.

With the two Ferraris out of the way, Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen took fifth place with an advantage of 0.316s over an otherwise congested midfield.

Romain Grosjean, driving a Haas running to the same specification used in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, was sixth and just ahead of McLaren's Carlos Sainz.

Racing Point's significant upgrade paid off for Sergio Perez, who qualified eighth ahead of the lead Renault of Nico Hulkenberg.

That left Leclerc classified 10th despite not running, as he had at least run without problem during the previous two stages of qualifying.

The two Mercedes drivers and Leclerc will both start on the medium-compound Pirellis having used them to set their best times in Q2 – something Verstappen also attempted before aborting his first run after reporting a loss of power.

Antonio Giovinazzi was relegated to 11th and eliminated during a frenetic climax to Q2, lapping just 0.012s slower than Perez.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, driving the latest-spec Haas, was always up against it after a lockup into the first corner on his final lap and failed to improve on his first-run time as a result – ending up 12th.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo's late effort was only good enough for 13th, leading him to apologise to the team over the radio, with Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat just over three tenths behind.

Racing Point driver Lance Stroll escaped Q1 for the first time in 2019, completing three runs to do so and only having one fresh set of softs for Q2.

He was in contention to get into the top 10, but the rear-end stepped out in the penultimate corner and was unable to improve.

Lando Norris was fastest of those eliminated in Q1 in 16th place just 0.055s slower than Kvyat after being bumped into the drop zone by Giovinazzi's late improvement.

But behind him was the furious Alex Albon, who was baulked at the hairpin on his final Q1 lap by Norris and unable to improve on his first-run time as a result.

George Russell won the Williams team battle for the 11th time this season, lapping just over a tenth quicker than Robert Kubica – the duo taking 18th and 19th thanks to Vettel's failure to post a time.

1

United Kingdom

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+

Mercedes

1'11.767

2

Netherlands

Max Verstappen

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB15

Red Bull

1'12.113

0.346

3

Finland

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes F1 W10 EQ Power+

Mercedes

1'12.129

0.362

4

France

Pierre Gasly

Red Bull Racing-Honda RB15

Red Bull

1'12.522

0.755

5

Finland

Kimi Raikkonen

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C38

Alfa Romeo

1'12.538

0.771

6

France

Romain Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari VF-19

Haas

1'12.851

1.084

7

Spain

Carlos Sainz Jr.

McLaren-Renault MCL34

McLaren

1'12.897

1.130

8

Mexico

Sergio Perez

Racing Point-Mercedes RP19

Racing Point

1'13.065

1.298

9

Germany

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault R.S.19

Renault

1'13.126

1.359

10

Monaco

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari SF90

Ferrari

11

Italy

Antonio Giovinazzi

Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari C38

Alfa Romeo

1'12.786

1.019

12

Denmark

Kevin Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari VF-19

Haas

1'12.789

1.022

13

Australia

Daniel Ricciardo

Renault R.S.19

Renault

1'12.799

1.032

14

Russian Federation

Daniil Kvyat

Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda STR14

Toro Rosso

1'13.135

1.368

15

Canada

Lance Stroll

Racing Point-Mercedes RP19

Racing Point

1'13.450

1.683

16

United Kingdom

Lando Norris

McLaren-Renault MCL34

McLaren

1'13.333

1.566

17

Thailand

Alex Albon

Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda STR14

Toro Rosso

1'13.461

1.694

18

United Kingdom

George Russell

Williams-Mercedes FW42

Williams

1'14.721

2.954

19

Poland

Robert Kubica

Williams-Mercedes FW42

Williams

1'14.839

3.072

20

Germany

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari SF90

Ferrari

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