Nico Rosberg claimed his fifth pole position of this season for the German GP, edging out the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa...
Nico Rosberg: " That was a quite challenging Qualifying session. The option tyre lasts only for one quick lap and without FRIC we had a lot do adjust the set-up. I had a difficult start because I didn't really feel comfortable with the balance in the braking zones but that gradually improved through the sessions. The quickest lap at the end was really a good one. So I'm really happy to start from the top position here at our home Grand Prix. But I can't be too pleased about today because of the accident Lewis suffered, I'm glad he is fine. I would have preferred to have the normal fight for the pole with him. But I'm sure he will fly through the field as our car is still the quickest out there. So our German fans will see an exciting race tomorrow."
Lewis Hamilton: "The car was feeling great today. I braked in the same place as I have been doing and I suddenly lost brake pressure - it took me by surprise and the failure spun the car into the wall. It wasn't a great feeling when that happened, you just have to take your hands off the wheel and brace for the impact, but thankfully I'm okay. My legs are a little bruised but I will be fine to race tomorrow; nothing is going to stop me getting in that car. I'm devastated for the guys because they worked so hard during the evening and late last night - I even got an email from my engineers at 01:00 and we were making changes to the set-up to get it just right, which paid off because the balance felt fantastic out there. Then we didn't even get to do five laps. I'm not sure where we'll start tomorrow in the race because that will depend on the damage to the car. But we'll give it everything, hope for a slice of luck and aim for a recovery like I made at Silverstone. It's definitely going to be a tough afternoon but I won't be giving up."
Valtteri Bottas: "The car was feeling great today and it is ready for the race, so as a team we are pleased with the result. The last lap I had was almost perfect so I can't fault the session. The Mercedes are still a bit quicker than us, but we are going to work hard tomorrow to get in front but it will be difficult. The aim tomorrow is to keep ahead of the Ferraris and Red Bulls and hopefully the cooler temperatures predicted will play into our hands."
Felipe Massa: "It was a very positive qualifying for us. I didn't get the perfect lap, but we are second and third, so there are no complaints. The race will be difficult so today was more important than usual and so I am delighted with the result. Hopefully we can continue this forward and have a positive day tomorrow as well."
Kevin Magnussen: "This has been a good day for me. I think we got everything out of the car in terms of set-up, and our strategy throughout qualifying was perfect. Thanks to all the guys in the garage - they did a fantastic job. It was a great achievement to be able to hold off the Red Bulls, and I feel that we're not too far away from some of the really strong guys.
"There's no secret to our improvement: a lot of hard work has made the difference. We still don't have the best car, but it's well-balanced and raceable, and I think we're able to get the best out of it on a regular basis.
"The car behaves quite differently with the new rear wing - again, thanks to all the men and women back at the factory who did such a fantastic job to get it to the track so quickly.
"Tomorrow could be a different story. The weather forecast says it'll be cooler, and that there may be rain. We might struggle more in the race than we have today, but fourth place isn't a bad position from which to start."
Jenson Button: "This hasn't been an easy weekend for me, which is a shame because I really like it around here. I've been struggling with the car's balance. In qualifying, I encountered traffic [Grosjean] on my first run in Q2, and that cost me the opportunity to get into Q3 - he wasn't even on a new tyre when he was on that run, so it wasn't going to be his quick lap.
"On my final Q2 run, I had a very different balance and a lot of oversteer. I wasn't quick enough.
"Looking ahead to tomorrow: our long-run pace didn't look too strong on Friday - we struggled in the hot conditions, but I think we'll hopefully be better if the predicted cooler conditions roll in for Sunday afternoon."
Daniel Ricciardo: "It wasn't too bad today, we would like to be further forward than fifth, but the lap I did was pretty good. I made quite an improvement in Q3 from Q2 so I can't really argue with the lap I did, but as a team we are still a bit off. We know the Mercedes is strong, but the Williams was also continually showing their pace today and the McLaren with Kevin was good, so we have to keep working but we did what we could. I think the race will be close between the top eight tomorrow and it will be a battle for the final podium spot."
Sebastian Vettel: "It was a bit tough today and the final run didn't come together, but other than that it was good session. I felt happier in the car this afternoon that I did this morning, so that was good. We're not sure what the weather will be like tomorrow; we will have a reasonable position to do well from."
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