Fernando does it again with pole for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim
Red Bull happy with Sebastian on the front row Mark Webber will drop down to eight on the grid do to a gear box change-
Alonso: “I think the conditions were still very on the limit, as far as it is the same for everybody, I think sometimes it is good to check the circuit conditions.
We did Q3 and I think going into T6 it was not easy for anybody, there was a lot of aquaplaning and we are 280/90 km/h so… but you know everything went well for us and we backed off a little bit in those aquaplaning moments and the rest of the lap was clean.
In these conditions there are surprises and moments everywhere. It was not fun.
When you have these conditions its very difficult to put a clean lap together. Those are survival moments, you need to finish the session and see what you can get. Whatever the position, you are happy because you made the finish.
I think also we made a good strategy call doing a pitstop in Q3 and then have a very fresh set of tyres in the last minute. That was when the track was in a little bit better condition and that helped us a lot to improve the laptime.
We all wanted to set a time at the start of the session, We were all in a group and it was very close for a few corners but it was fine.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m40.621s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m41.026s + 0.405 3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m41.496s + 1.838 4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m42.459s + 2.880 5. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m43.501s + 3.329 6. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m43.950s + 3.492 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.113s + 3.565 8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m44.186s + 0.875 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m44.889s + 4.268 10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m45.811s + 5.190 Q2 cut-off time: 1m39.729s Gap ** 11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.789s + 2.424 12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.933s + 2.568 13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.985s + 2.620 14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.212s + 2.847 15. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m40.574s + 3.209 16. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m40.752s + 3.387 17. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.551s + 4.186 Q1 cut-off time: 1m16.686s Gap * 18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m16.741s + 1.048 19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m17.620s + 1.927 20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m18.531s + 2.838 21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m19.220s + 3.527 22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m19.291s + 3.598 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m19.912s + 4.219 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m20.230s + 4.537