N after Silverstone, Formula 1 did not escape even in Hockenheim the rain. Fernando Alonso once again proved himself to be a rain specialist and, after Silverstone, secured the second pole position in a row in wet conditions. The Ferrari driver lapped the course in 1: 40.621 minutes. Shortly before the end of qualifying, he had fresh rain tires fitted and thus improved again. 'It was good to check the conditions on the track,' said Alonso. 'There was a lot of aquaplaning. It was a good tactic to go back inside. The brand new tires helped us improve the time.'
Penalty for Mark Webber
Sebastian Vettel was about four tenths of a second missing from the Spaniard. The German had problems lapping Mark Webber and lost some time. 'I wasn't entirely satisfied with the last lap,' said Vettel. 'There were two or three mistakes. Fernando's time was possible. It was a bit of a lottery.' Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber secured third position. However, the Australian had to start the race from eighth place due to a penalty for an unscheduled gear change.
Michael Schumacher also showed his rainy qualities. He moved up one place due to Webber's penalty and started the race in third place. Nico Hülkenberg also showed a sensational performance in Force India, who shares the second row with Michael Schumacher. So three Germans are among the top four. Pastor Maldonado also put a highlight in the Williams and is in fifth place. Sixth place goes to Jenson Button. The McLaren driver had team-mate Lewis Hamilton under control and relegated him to seventh place on the grid. Webber started the race from eighth place. Paul di Resta perfected Force India's good performance with ninth place. Kimi Raikkonen was the last to make it into the top ten.
Toro Rosso strong in eleventh place
The second qualifying segment also took place in the rain. The majority then went out with intermediate tires. Toro Rosso seemed to have the same conditions as they did on Friday. After all, Daniel Ricciardo placed his car in eleventh place. Sergio Perez could not repeat his good performance in the Sauber. The Mexican made the acquaintance of the gravel bed on the wet track and finished twelfth. After qualifying, the stewards punished him with aTransferred five places after hindering Alonso and Raikkonen. Therefore, he slips to 17th place. Kamui Kobayashi didn't fare much better with 13th place. He benefits from the team mate's penalty and is twelfth on the grid. Felipe Massa should also look long as he got stuck in 14th position. The Brazilian moves up to 13.
Penalties for Grosjean and Rosberg
Romain Grosjean finished 15th and also made a trip into the gravel trap. Due to the premature change of gearbox, the Lotus driver had to start the race from 19th place. Nico Rosberg shares the same fate. The Mercedes driver only went out briefly with intermediates and then had rain tires fitted. With these he could certainly not improve, but was three seconds slower. There was only 17th place behind Bruno Senna. Due to the relocation, he now has to start from 21st place.
Already the first qualifying section was pure excitement. It was still dry and like in the third practice session, all hell broke loose on the track. The dark clouds in the sky forced everyone out early. After more and more drivers went out with the soft tires, the whole field had to follow suit. Even Red Bull and Ferrari rely on the soft tires. Ultimately, the usual suspects took positions 18 to 24 in qualifying. Only because of the punitive transfers of Grosjean, Rosberg and Perez there are shifts. Jean-Eric Vergne was ousted by Michael Schumacher in the last second in Q1 and is now starting the race from 15th place. Heikki Kovalainen started the race from 16th place in the Caterham ahead of teammate Vitaly Petrov. The rear was once again the Marussia duo in front of the two HRT pilots.