F1 German Grand Prix qualifying results: Lewis Hamilton wins pole at Hockenheim

Hamilton scored a second successive pole – his fourth of the season but his first at Hockenheim since his first title winning season back in 2008.

The Ferrari F1 team suffered reliability problems in both cars in Hockenheim Saturday, gifting a fourth pole of the Formula 1 season to championship leader Lewis Hamilton for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

Mercedes have been second best to Ferrari all weekend. Sebastian Vettel was fastest in practice one and Charles Leclerc topped things in practice sessions two and three. But disaster struck both cars in Saturday’s qualifying with an airflow problem to the turbocharger on Vettel’s car the first of the problems – the result being Vettel knocked out of Q1 for the first time since Malaysia 2017.

“I don’t know what happened,” said Vettel. “Something broke with the turbo and that was game over from there. Obviously, very bitter and I think the car is great. We lost out on a big chance but hopefully we’ll have another big one tomorrow.

“I’m looking forward to the race, but obviously it would have been nicer to start at the front than the very back, but we’ll see what happens.”

Vettel will be starting last on the grid, while teammate Leclerc will start tenth, barring grid penalties should any power unit component need to be replaced.

“I have no idea if it was the same problem as Sebastian,” said Leclerc. “On my side it was a fuel system problem. It’s a shame but we’ll try to understand what has happened, to not reproduce it.

“It’s a difficult day for the team, I hope it will be more positive tomorrow.”

As Ferrari toiled, Hamilton scored a second successive pole – his fourth of the season but his first at Hockenheim since his first title winning season back in 2008.

“I don’t know really how we did it today,” said Hamilton. “I’m not sure what happened to the Ferraris but it’s such an important race for us. It’s our second home Grand Prix, so for Mercedes in their 125th year (of motorsport), it’s just incredible to celebrate in this way.

“They’ve (Ferrari) been really fast this weekend. We’ve got some upgrades as well so the car’s been feeling good, but Ferrari were on another level. I think the time was good enough to have been able to compete with Leclerc, if he had of been able to do a lap at the end, it would have definitely been close between us today.”

Max Verstappen put his Red Bull between the two Ferrari’s grabbing second ahead of Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas. Pierre Gasly and Kimi Raikkonen round out the top five starters.

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

Sights from the F1 action ahead of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim , Saturday July 27, 2019

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