Nico Rosberg takes pole for German F1 GP

Nico Rosberg takes pole for German F1 GP

Nico Rosberg has claimed pole position for his home grand prix, putting a late electronics problem out of his mind in the closer stages.

Rosberg had been forced to abandon his initial run before heading back out with additional fuel in case his first lap wasn’t good enough.

As things transpired it was, Rosberg heading his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by a tenth of a second.

The second row was an all-Red Bull affair with Daniel Ricciardo gaining the upper hand on Max Verstappen ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel.

Changes to the yellow flag procedure forced a rethink for team’s strategies.

Following the confusion in Hungary when Fernando Alonso spun in final qualifying, any incident deemed worthy of double waved yellows will instead now draw a red flag.

It’s a move designed to level the playing field and not given any one driver an advantage should a rival spin, though whether it works in practice remains to be seen.

Still, it prompted a rethink for teams who now faced a greater risk of losing a laptime by leaving their run late in a session.

Anticipating as much, most teams were out early in all sessions, including Mercedes.

Those who exited the session early though were those always at risk; the Manors and Saubers, though Daniil Kvyat wasa surprise inclusion in the sad wagon after the first 18 minutes.

Jolyon Palmer got the better of his Renault team-mate, a welcome boost for the struggling Engilishman though neither McLaren could find the top-ten pace they’d enjoyed at Hungary.

That was left to a Noah’s Ark of teams, with Force India and Williams upsetting the symmetry at the front of the grid; Nico Hulkenberg seventh over Valtteri Bottas, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa.

For Rosberg, pole position was the 27th of his career, moving him clear of Mika Hakkinen and into the top ten of all time.

Most impressive has been that those poles have been accumulated since the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix; a five year period, an average of more than five a year.

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