German GP: Nico Rosberg Secures Pole, Championship Leader Lewis Hamilton Second

Updated: 30 July 2016 20:12 IST

Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the German Grand Prix and he will be joined by his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on the front row.

German GP: Nico Rosberg Secures Pole, Championship Leader Lewis Hamilton Second
Nico Rosberg secured his 27th pole position as he aims to win the German Grand Prix. © AFP

Nico Rosberg grabbed pole position ahead of his world championship leading Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's German Grand Prix with a bold fastest lap in the final minutes of a tense qualifying session on Saturday.

The 31-year-old German produced a startling best lap of one minute and 14.323 seconds to outpace the defending three-time champion by 0.123 seconds, having been forced to abort his first flying lap in the third qualifying session due to electrical problems.

When Hamilton went for his final lap, he was unable to improve and regain the initiative as Rosberg, on home soil, set himself up for a chance to regain the lead in the drivers' championship.

"Well done, Nico, a fantastic lap and well done under the circumstances," said Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe, who revealed that Rosberg's car was heavily fuelled.

It was Rosberg's 27th career pole.

Behind the two Silver Arrows came Australian Daniel Ricciardo, in his 100th Grand Prix. He was third fastest for Red Bull ahead of his team-mate Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, the pair slightly more than three-tenths behind.

The two Ferraris of four-time champion German Sebastian Vettel and his team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen were fifth and sixth ahead of another German Nico Hulkenberg of Force India, Finn Valtteri Bottas of Williams, Mexican Sergio Perez in the second Force India and Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Williams.

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Highlights
  • Nico Rosberg secured his 27th pole position
  • Lewis Hamilton is currently leading the driver's championship
  • Daniel Ricciardo will feature in his 100th Grand Prix
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