If Red Bull recorded its 11th consecutive pole position, the No. 1 driver, Sebastian Vettel, world champion title and leading the drivers’ standings, won only third place on the grid, a first for fifteen races.
The Spaniard Fernando Alonso, winner of the last Grand Prix at Silverstone, will be at his side on the second line of Ferrari.
“I’m not so far from Lewis (Hamilton) and Mark (Webber). The most important is that I had a better feeling in the car today,” defended the German, fastest time of the last free practice session in the morning.
Teammate Mark Webber, who had ignored team orders at the last Grand Prix of Great Britain, was the fastest qualification tests for the second time in a row.
“My form is improving somewhat for several races. The tests were very well (…) The mechanics did a fantastic job on the car,” said Webber, still second overall, 80 points Vettel.
THE HAMILTON SURPRISE
The presence of Lewis Hamilton by his side on the first line is the surprise of the day because the British had said on Friday not to have any chance at the Nurburgring after a series of disappointing results.
“I clearly underestimated how much the car could perform. The sensations were fantastic. It was one of the most successful tours and comforting that I have ever made,” exclaimed the World Champion 2008 .
McLaren, who has made several updates on its cars, has benefited from the return to the settings before Silverstone motor. However, few people in the paddock who believed it could prevent Red Bull to give itself the first two places on the grid.
Outstanding since his return from retirement, the seven time world champion Michael Schumacher has hardly reached the third part of qualifying (Q3), despite the encouragement of his Mercedes team.
On Sunday he will start in 10th place, while rain is expected on the circuit.