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Hamilton claims pole in Germany

27th July 2019, 15:23 by Bobbie Jackson

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s German Grand Prix on pole after a disappointing day for Ferrari.

Hamilton starts from pole for the 87th time in his career despite Ferrari dominating practice and looking a shoo-in for qualifying.

The Silver Arrows went under the radar for the majority of the weekend but Hamilton, who recently stated a need to improve his performance in qualifying, again came good when it mattered most.

It's the eighth time in 11 races this season that Mercedes have had a driver starting from pole position, and gives Hamilton a fantastic opportunity to further extend his lead in the Drivers' Championship.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is yet to win a race in 2019 and he was desperate to put that right on home soil this weekend.

But the German dropped out in the first qualifying session due to a power problem and starts Sunday's race from the back of the grid.

Teammate Charles Leclerc was also left frustrated and a fuel issue means he will start from 10th in Hockenheim.

It was a good day for Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who joins Hamilton on the front row after finishing second, while Valtteri Bottas is third in the other Mercedes.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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