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Rosberg on pole in Germany as Hamilton crashes out

Lewis Hamilton will need another race-day miracle after crashing out of qualifying for the German Grand Prix, with his teammate and championship rival, Nico Rosberg, taking pole position.

The Brit crashed in Q1 after suffering from a right-front break disk failure at 130mph, whilst entering the Sachskurve hairpin. Hamilton sounded shaken up by the accident on the team radio and was seen limping back from the medical centre.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton crashed into the barriers at high speed

It has since been revealed that the failed break disk was a brand new piece of equipment.

The crash means that Hamilton will either start from 16th on the grid or from the pit-lane, depending on how much damage has been caused to his Mercedes.

Despite Rosberg being on pole, Hamilton can take some confidence from the fact that he came from sixth on the grid two weeks ago to win the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton also fought his way up from ninth on the grid in Austria to finish second, so he has proved already this season that he can easily save his weekend after a bad qualifying performance.

With Hamilton out of action, the Williams pairing of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa stepped up to the challenge once again and qualified in second and third places respectively.

I have to admit, having watched Formula One for over 15 years, I am enjoying seeing the Williams cars challenging for pole positions and podiums once again.

Bottas and Massa are in the top three again

Bottas already has two podiums to his name this season and he is starting to make a real name for himself. He is my early favourite to replace Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari at the end of next season.

Behind the top three, Kevin Magnussen produced a great lap to put his McLaren up into fourth place. His lap seems even more perfect when you see that teammate,Jenson Button, is down in 11th place.

The Red Bulls are in fifth and sixth places, with Daniel Ricciardo once again out-qualifying Sebastian Vettel….. much to my delight I have to admit.

Ricciardo continues to get the best out of the 2014 Red Bull and when they do become a force once again, I expect the Australian to be challenging for race wins every week.

Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso will start in seventh place ahead of the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat and the Force India pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

Lets hope we get an exciting race tomorrow, with Hamilton having to fight his way through the field and the possibility of two podium places being up for grabs!!

 

 

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