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Hamilton puts McLaren on pole in Germany 19 Jul 2008

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren and Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari celebrate in parc ferme after finishing in the top 3 in qualifying.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 19 July 2008. © Sutton Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF108.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 19 July 2008 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 19 July 2008 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 10, German Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, 19 July 2008

Lewis Hamilton maintained his Hockenheim momentum in qualifying on Saturday afternoon, and had the answer when Ferrari’s Felipe Massa appeared to have pole position wrapped up. The Brazilian had lapped in 1m 15.859s to deprive Heikki Kovalainen of the honour, but Hamilton’s 1m 15.666s gave him the final word for McLaren.

This time Kimi Raikkonen was not able to maintain the grid symmetry for Ferrari, and it is Jarno Trulli who will start from fourth place for Toyota after posting 1m 16.191s. Former champion Fernando Alonso was fifth with 1m 16.385s for Renault, and then came Raikkonen, with 1m 16.389s.

Robert Kubica was seventh in the sole BMW Sauber in Q3 on 1m 16.521s, leaving Mark Webber and David Coulthard in their Red Bulls to sandwich stable mate Sebastian Vettel’s Toro Rosso. The Australian lapped in 1m 17.014s, the German in 1m 17.244s and the Scot 1m 17.503s.

Vettel proved the only one of Germany’s five runners to make it through to Q3. Toyota’s Timo Glock, BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld and Williams’ Nico Rosberg all fell in Q2, lining up 11th to 13th respectively with laps of 1m 15.508s, 1m 15.581s and 1m 15.633s. All three had cause to be disappointed, the first two because of the performances of their team mates, the last because he had entertained hopes that Hockenheim would suit his Williams.

Q2 also weeded out Honda’s Jenson Button (1m 15.701s) and Sebastien Bourdais (1m 15.858s), who ruined his chances on the softer Bridgestone tyre after locking up and sliding straight on in Turn Two.

Kazuki Nakajima will start 16th in the second Williams, on 1m 16.083s, Nelson Piquet slumped again for Renault with 1m 16.189s, Rubens Barrichello struggled to 1m 16.246s in his Honda, and local boy Adrian Sutil just pipped Force India team mate Giancarlo Fisichella with 1m 16.657s to 1m 16.963s.