Fernando Alonso drew the longest straw in the qualifying session for the German GP in Hockenheim on Saturday, as a rain-soaked circuit did the best to play havoc with the drivers.
While Q1 was done in dry conditions, rain was expected halfway and didn´t disappoint. Exactly as expected, massive rain started to fall and thunder strikes were a warning of the weather to come. When Q2 started, the rain was there and the drivers started their runs on the intermediate tyres, but it soon became apparent that turned out to be insufficient, as the grip just wasn´t enough, so they quickly changed for full wets.
Q2 ended with Hamilton on top, followed by Schumacher, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Maldonado, Webber, Hulkenberg, di Resta and Raikkonen, who complained that he was held up by another driver. The trouble with the rain was that the wet tyres didn´t perform as they could be, because there wasn´t enough rain for them to work the way they should, but intermediates would be hazardous. That small gap in performance is what we have seen from the dry tyres in the season, making this one of the most exciting and close seasons in recent history. Ricciardo finished 11th, Perez 12th, Kobayashi 13th,, Massa 14th, Grosjean 15th, Senna 16th and Rosberg 17th. Not the result he had hoped for.
As Q3 started Fernando Alonso was send out by Charlie Whiting to see if the conditions were ok to drive on, got the go ahead and the drivers started their final session. This included several near misses and a trip to the gravel for Hulkenberg, but the conditions quickly improved and the lap times got faster for every driver, until finally Alonso was able to take his second consecutive pole of the season.
|2.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull||01:41.026||23|
|3.||Mark Webber||Red Bull||01:41.496||24|
|5.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India||01:43.501||24|
|9.||Paul di Resta||Force India||01:44.889||26|
|11.||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||01:39.789||15|
|18.||Jean-Eric Vergne||Toro Rosso||01:16.741||9|
|23.||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT||01:19.912||8|