F1: Rosberg Thrills German Fans, Takes Pole
Nico Rosberg’s taking the Pole for the F1 German Grand Prix was one of the most impressive performances of his career
Not only is this his home race but also he had to make some sort of a statement after his 43-point lead in the F1 world championship was lost, with Lewis Hamilton winning 5 of the past 6 races to take the lead in the championship in Hungary last week.
It is Mr. Rosberg’s 27th career Pole, his 5th of the season and it ties the German 6-6 in his qualifying duel with Mr. Hamilton this year.
Mr. Hamilton was on course to claim front of grid for Sunday’s race but then locked up and was beaten down to 2nd place by 1/10 of a sec.
Mr. Rosberg will start ahead of Mr. Hamilton for a 2nd weekend running, but while the Briton beat his team-mate on the run down to Turn 1 in Hungary last Sunday, a shorter start here ensures a repeat scenario is rather less likely.
Behind the MercedesAMG team mates on the grid will be the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Behind them will be the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.
It was yet another day of achievement by Force India, with Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez, who is being linked with a move to Renault next year, making the Top 10.
The McLarens of Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso again failed to make the Top‑10 shootout. In Q1, a storming late lap from Jolyon Palmer enabled him to edge out his Renault team‑mate, Kevin Magnussen, and qualify 16th, later promoted to 14th because of grid penalties handed out to Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz.
In the United States, NBC has live coverage of all the sessions on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app, with programming start times as follows (all times EDT) Race Sunday 7;00a NBCSN
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