The current leader of the Formula One world championship, Lewis Hamilton, achieved the pole position for Mercedes in the German Grand Prix on Saturday, after engine problems frustrated Ferrari’s hopes.
Max Verstappen’s Red Bull will share the front row with the five-time world champion, while the Brit’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas will come in third.
Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari will come out last after a problem related to the turbocharger that prevented him from even setting any time, while his colleague Charles Leclerc was set aside in the final phase by problems with the fuel system and will start in tenth place.
The pole was the 87th in Hamilton’s race, which continues to expand his record of starts in the honorary place on the grid.
Hamilton, who has won seven of the 10 races to date, is 39 points ahead of Bottas in the overall standings.
“I’m not sure how we got it today, I’m not sure what happened to the Ferrari,” Hamilton said. “It’s a very important race for us, the Grand Prix of our second home, and it’s 125 years in the motorsport world, so it’s incredible to celebrate it this way.
Leclerc was the fastest in practice on Friday and Saturday and seemed like a good bet for pole before the problems started.
“It’s a difficult day for the team, I hope tomorrow will be a very positive day”, said the Monegasque. “I felt good in the car, which was responding very well today and throughout the weekend, so it’s a shame it ends like this”.
Pierre Gasly’s Red Bull will start fourth, followed by Kimi Raikkonen with his Alfa Romeo and Romain Grosjean’s Haas. Carlos Sainz’s McLaren will start seventh, followed by Sergio Perez and his Racing Point.