Saturday, July 6, 2013

Hamilton Hottest in German Grand Prix Qualifying

Photo Credit: Pirelli Photo Service

Racing on back-to-back weekends, the Formula 1 teams of the 2013 world championship tour left the United Kingdom for Germany to run the storied Nurburgring race track. Despite the turmoil resulting from some high profile tire problems at the British Grand Prix, Mercedes AMG driver Nico Rosberg gained headlines for the race victory. Staged in the home country of Mercedes-Benz, the German Grand Prix is the perfect place for the Mercedes-AMG to continue their recent emergence as a consistent Formula 1 front-runner. Qualifying for the German round of the 2013 Formula 1 season, one Mercedes-AMG car has delivered a patriotic display.

Taking pole for the German Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton outran Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel with a lap time of 1 minute, 29.398 seconds. The German Grand Prix pole position for Hamilton grants the Brit his second-straight race starting from the prime grid spot. The Formula 1 at the Nurburgring will also be the fifth consecutive event where Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes AMG car is starting on the front row. As for the team, Mercedes-AMG has become a real force to be reckon with in 2013 Formula 1 qualifying. Six of the last seven Formula 1 events have involved one of the Mercedes-Benz so-called "Silver Arrows" starting from pole for Sunday's main race. While Lewis Hamilton was at the top of the time sheet after Q3, Mercedes AMG teammate Nico Rosberg is positioned 11th after just missing the final 10-car timed session.

Photo Credit: Pirelli Photo Service

While the 2013 German Grand Prix will feature a national manufacturer in on the pole, the front row contents an additional German presence. Three-time and reigning Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel was a little more than a tenth of a second short of Hamilton. Despite failing to finish the British Grand Prix last week, the German Red Bull-Renault pilot continue to preside over a 21-point lead in the 2013 Drivers' standings.

One-tenth of a second slower than Vettel, the second Red Bull-Renault of Mark Webber will start 3rd. Webber is starting alongside Kimi Raikkonen. With Raikkonen in fourth and Lotus F1 Team partner Romain Grosjean in fifth place are quickly trying to regain the early season promise in the organization.

From sixth through eighth place, Ferrari engined vehicles featured one of the Italian car company's customers gaining an advantage over the factory effort. Taking sixth in Q3, the Toro Rosso-Ferrari wheeled by Daniel Ricciardo was half a second faster than Fernando Alonso's Ferrari race car. Felipe Massa joins teammate Alonso creating an all-Ferrari fourth row for the start of the German Grand Prix Sunday.

Sunday's running of the 60-lap German Prix Grand Prix is expected to take place in warm, sunny weather.

2013 Formula 1
German Grand Prix
Qualifying Results

Pos # Car # Driver Team Engine

1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault
5 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault
6 19 Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes-Benz
10 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari
11 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Mercedes-Benz
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes-Benz
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes-Benz
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari
15 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes-Benz
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari
17 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 Renault
18 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 Renault
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth

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