Red Bull’s Mark Webber takes his second successive pole position grabs from Lewis Hamilton in German GP Saturday qualifying. Following McLaren’s unassuming practice form, the team had not been hopeful to challenge for pole, but Hamilton turned out to be the prime threat to Webber and Red Bull.
Championship leader Sebastian Vettel will start only third for his home GP – the first time all year he has been off the front row. Last race winner Fernando Alonso had to settle for fourth this time.
Alonso was 0.4s off the pole pace as he took fourth, half a second clear of his fifth-placed Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa. Nico Rosberg only required on Q3 run to put his Mercedes in sixth, ahead of Jenson Button, who was a second away from McLaren team-mate Hamilton.
Adrian Sutil reached Q3 for his home race and gave Force India eighth on the grid, ahead of Vitaly Petrov and national hero Michael Schumacher in the second Mercedes.