F1 2013 German Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton on pole

PUBLISHED: 14:52 06 July 2013 | UPDATED: 15:32 07 July 2013

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton on track in practice ahead of the 2013 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring circuit [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

F1 driver Lewis Hamilton on track in practice ahead of the 2013 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring circuit [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

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FORMULA 1 racer Lewis Hamilton will start the 2013 German Grand Prix from pole position after qualifying ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel at the Nürburgring.

The 28-year-old Mercedes F1 driver from Hertfordshire made it consecutive poles after going fastest in Q3 today (Saturday), just as he had done at Silverstone last week.

Thanks to a last-gasp flying lap, he snatched P1 away from home favourite Sebastian Vettel following a battle-royal between the Silver Arrows and Red Bull Racing.

The 2008 F1 world champion will line-up on the front row tomorrow ahead of Red Bull rival Vettel, having pipped the German with a lap time of 1m 29.398s.

It is the first Mercedes-Benz pole position at the German Grand Prix since Juan Manuel Fangio in 1954 at the legendary Nordschleife.

2013 German Grand Prix

Nurburgring facts and stats

* Race distance: 60 laps (308.623km/191.778 miles)

* Start time: 14:00 (local)/12:00 (GMT)

* Circuit length: 5.148km/3.199 miles

* 2011 winner: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren MP4-26) 60 laps in 1hr37m30.334s (189.911km/h)

* 2011 pole: Mark Webber (Red Bull RB7) 1m30.079s (205.739km/h)

*Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) 1m29.468s (207.144km/h)

After pulling it out of the bag when it mattered, Hamilton said: “I’m very proud to put the car on pole for Mercedes-Benz today.

“I have been with Mercedes for a long time and it’s a great result for us to achieve pole here in Germany.

“I’m a little bit overwhelmed, to be honest, because I have been struggling since first practice this weekend.

“We were so far off this morning [in practice] that we took the set-up back to where we started, tried to analyse everything and just worked really hard to improve it.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the 2013 German Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the 2013 German Grand Prix [Picture: Mercedes-Benz]

“I’m so grateful for the work the engineers and mechanics did for me, and it’s all down to them really. But we don’t get any points for today and the real hard work comes tomorrow.”

Red Bull’s Mark Webber qualified third for Sunday’s race. Kimi Räikkönen took fourth position, only hundredths of a second ahead of Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean, while Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo qualified sixth for the second weekend in a row.

As the end of the session approached, Ferrari decided to set some lap times and Felipe Massa beat team-mate Fernando Alonso by less than a tenth. They will line up seventh and eighth.

McLaren driver Jenson Button will go from ninth place after not posting a time in Q3, with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg 10th.

2013 German Grand Prix qualifying result

Qualifying top 16

1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:29.398

2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:29.501

3 Mark Webber (Red Bull) 1:29.608

4 Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus) 1:29.892

5 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) 1:29.959

6 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1:30.528

7 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1:31.126

8 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:31.209

9 Jenson Button (McLaren) No time

10 Nico Hülkenberg (Sauber) No time

11 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:30.326

12 Paul di Resta (Force India) 1:30.697

13 Sergio Pérez (McLaren) 1:30.933

14 Esteban Gutiérrez (Sauber) 1:31.010

15 Adrian Sutil (Force India) 1:31.010

16 Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1:31.104

Today’s qualifying result was Hamilton’s 29th career pole position, which brings him level with Fangio on the all-time list.

He used one set of prime tyres and three sets of options in qualifying, and will start on the option tyre tomorrow.

His pole position was also the team’s sixth in the past seven races of the 2013 season.

Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg, meanwhile, qualified in P11 after the team misjudged the track improvement during Q2, and did not complete a second run.

He used one set of prime tyres and one set of options and has a free tyre choice for tomorrow’s first stint.

Hamilton said: “It’s a shame what happened to Nico this afternoon, we got caught out there but hopefully he can still have a strong race.”

British Grand Prix winner Rosberg added: “I was really shocked when I saw the times falling in Q2 today and realised that I was in P11.

“I didn’t see it coming and we just underestimated how much the track would ramp up in terms of grip and lap time.

“I could have been on the front row today and that’s why I’m so disappointed.”

“It’s been a tough day but sometimes that’s how racing is. I will be doing my best to climb up through the field tomorrow but it won’t be easy.”

Before dramatically snatching pole from Vettel, Hamilton had earlier been only sixth fastest in Q2 with 1m 30.152s.

He was also fifth in Q1 with a lap time of 1m 31.131s, while Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg was 11th in the opening phase of qualifying with a time of 1m 31.322s.

The 2013 German Grand Prix start at 1pm on Sunday.

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