Lewis Hamilton swept to a second successive pole position as he recorded the fastest lap in the third qualifying session at the Nurburgring on Saturday afternoon.
He’ll lead the grid away at 1pm British time on Sunday looking to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the lead of his home Grand Prix last weekend.
One of a number of tyre blow-outs caused Hamilton to fall back before recovering to a respectable fourth position given the earlier predicament he’d faced.
During the week, Formula One tyre manufacturer Pirelli has come under fire following the high number of tyre failures at Silverstone last Sunday.
Hamilton was the first casualty before Felipe Massa, Jean-Eric Vergne, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Gutierrez and Sergio Perez also suffered blow-outs and Pirelli have changed their tyre design to incorporate Kevlar rather than steel within the walls of the tyres. Following the German Grand Prix, they will revert to the 2012 design for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
A number of drivers earlier this week committed to saying they would boycott the race should similar issues re-occur this weekend but thankfully, following practice and qualifying sessions, no such problems have occurred.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel saw his lead at the top of this year’s standings eaten into last weekend after a mechanical failure late on last week forced him to retire from the race.
Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are now both within 35 points from the reigning world champion and he’ll be eager to bounce back at his home Grand Prix.
He has never won the German Grand Prix and one would suspect that he’d want to get his maiden home victory more than any other event on the calendar.
The closest he’s come to doing it was back in 2009 when he finished second behind teammate Mark Webber and the 26 year-old is once again the bookies’ favourite to scoop victory this weekend. Stan James provide the most generous odds of 4/11 on him doing just that.
Pole-sitter Hamilton is most bookies’ second choice for the race victory on Sunday afternoon. He’s already won the German race at the Nurburgring twice in 2008 and 2011 and a number of outlets including William Hill are providing odds of 5/2 on him winning the race.
Mark Webber will be in search of a hat-trick of consecutive victories on Sunday after winning both the Canadian and last weeks’ British Grand Prixes. He qualified third on the grid and Bet 365 provide the best value and offer odds of 8/1 of him winning.
Last year’s winner was Fernando Alonso but he had a poor qualifying session and lines up eighth on the grid. Ladbrokes offer the best odds on an Alonso win at 11/1 whilst a number of websites, including Bet Victor, price Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified fourth, at 9/1.
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