NICO ROSBERG snatched victory in Saturday’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix, pipping Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by just one tenth of a second to put himself in pole position for his homecoming race on July 31.
A minor technical glitch had forced Rosberg to abandon his first timed run in the final qualifying phase but he more than made up for the inconvenience by hitting the weekend’s fastest lap so far in his final run.
It was Rosberg’s second pole in a row and his fifth this season, though surely the sweetest victory was in beating his British teammate cum nemesis on merit, rather than courtesy of Hamilton’s recent run of bad luck with accidents and engine problems.
Hamilton was lucky to escape an automatic 10-place grid penalty for an unsafe release which saw Mercedes fined €10,000 after Haas driver Romain Grosjean was forced to stop in the pit lane.
Third place was captured by Daniel Ricciardo who edged out his Red Bull Racing teammate Max Verstappen, while Ferrari duo Kim Raikonen and Sebastian Vettel came fifth and sixth respectively.