More bad news for Lewis Hamilton, fresh off defeat in his home country, as hydraulic failures force him to retire from qualifying in Q3. He will start 14th on the grid for the race on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Hamilton’s championship rival Sebastian Vettel set a new lap record (previously held by teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who will start 3rd) to take pole position for the race. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas will start 2nd.
Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing faced a grid penalty for changing his power unit during qualifying. He will start from last position on the grid. Both he and Hamilton have made names for themselves as fantastic overtakers, but starting from so far back on the grid, they will need to be on proper form to be competitive in the race on Sunday. Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen will start 4th after strong outings on both Friday and Saturday.
Haas Ferrari had its best showing yet this year as Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen locked out the third row in qualifying. Fernando Alonso of McLaren gave the hapless McLaren team their best qualifying session since Monte Carlo; he will be starting from 11th position. His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne will start from 19th.
With an exciting distribution of talent along the grid, and the threat of wet weather looming, Germany is looking to be the most exciting race of the 2018 calendar thus far.
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