Hamilton claims pole in Germany
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.
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