23/07/11 - 13:00
Finished
German Grand Prix
LIVE
Nürburgring • Qualifying
avant-match

Qualifying

Follow the German Grand Prix live with Eurosport. The race starts at 13:00 on 23 July 2011. Find race results, standings, stats, scores and track info. Keep up with the top F1 drivers and teams including Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Valteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing).
Formula 1 fans can read breaking Formula 1 news, interviews, expert commentary and watch free replays. Don’t miss the upcoming Formula 1 events. Make Eurosport your go-to source for sports online from Formula 1 to football, tennis, snooker and more. Enjoy live streaming of this season’s top sports competitions.

    
30
Highlights 
 
 Remove
- 

A very exciting final lap from the drivers there - Hamilton and Webber especially. The grid position for tomorrow's GP stands like this: Webber, Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Massa, Button, Sutil, Petrov and Schumacher.

- 

The Championship leader goes over and his time is good enough for third.

-

Webber is even faster. He's 3/10s faster than Vettel's effort. And Hamilton splits the Red Bulls. Spectacular!

0'

That's it. We're just waiting for the final laps to be completed. It's an almighty battle for the second row.

1' 

Rosberg is five seconds off the pace. The German clocks a 1:35.572.

2' 

We do have 10/10 on the race track for the final couple of minutes. Schumacher has just had a decent first sector.

2' 

Webber, Schumacher and Rosberg all leave the pits for another lap. We'll probably see all ten.

3' 

Thoughts of challenging Red Bull will have evaporated at McLaren and Ferrari but there is still a tight battle on for the second row.

4' 

Vettel is almost exactly a tenth slower than his Red Bull team mate with a 1:30.352. They'll go again.

5'

We've got another fastest lap. Webber is leading with a sensational 1:30.251. This really is very exciting.

5'

Hamilton is over a tenth faster than Alonso. The Brit flies through in 1:30.725.

6'

Alonso is at the front of the pack. He'll set a representative lap. It's a 1:30.866.

7' 

Mark Webber joins the group on track for the first of two runs. Hamilton has just done a 29.9 first sector.

8' 

Lewis Hamilton's impressive Q2 time was more than 0.5secs quicker than any other lap he has done this weekend.

9' 

Vettel is still in the garage. He looks completely focused. Probably imagining himself on pole...

10'

Q3 is under way. A few cars are out very quickly.

- 

Lewis Hamilton's first sector performance was outstanding in that last qualifying session. If he keeps it up then he could be in with a chance here...

- 

Here are the drivers in the knockout zone: Heidfeld is 11th followed by di Resta, Maldonado, Barrichelo, Perez, Buemi and Alguersuari.

0'

That's the chequered flag forQ2. Petrov goes into eighth. Heidfeld drops out. Schumacher is tenth.

1' 

Sutil has just gone seventh, knocking his team mate di Resta into the drop zone.

1' 

di Resta has don enough, at the moment. The Scot is at ninth. Schumacher has just popped into eighth.

2' 

Maldonado's first timed lap is good enough for ninth. Scuhmi drops to 11th.

3' 

Schumacher sits in 10th. Sutil, Perez, Barrichelo, Di Resta, Alguersuari, Buemi and Maldonado in the drop zone.

4' 

The order at the front is Hamilton leading from Vettel, Alonso, Button, Webber, Massa and Rosberg. It looks like everybody from Rosberg down will have to go again.

5' 

Buemi, Alguesuari and maldonado still haven't put a time on the board.

6' 

Red Bull's Webber goes fourth with a 1:31.311. Schumacher struggles with a balancing adjustment and gets on the radio to tell his team that he's made a mistake in the corner.

7' 

Tenth and ninth places are occupied by Sutil and Schumacher, who are both in the pits.

8' 

Petrov goes eighth. Alonso locks up into the first corner but he pulls out of it early to prevent flat spotting the tyre.

9' 

Rosberg was slow on his first effort - 1:35.100 puts him down in 10th.

10'

Hamilton is right in there with Alonso. Very quick lap from the Brit. The Mercedes man goes top with a 1:30.998.

11'

Perez is currently third. Alonso is now the fastest. The Spaniard gets round in 1:31.150.

12'

Massa sets the fastest lap. It's a 1:31.792. That just confirms how durable the tyres have been this weekend.

14' 

There's not a great deal of excitement at the minute. A large number of drivers are still in the garage.

15'

Q2 begins.

- 

Right then, we've got the seven grid positions. They are Kobyashi, Kovalainen, Glock, Chandhok, d'Ambrosio, Ricciardo and Liuzzi

0'

That's it. Go and have a break. It looks like we've got the drivers who won't make Q2 but I'll let you know if there are any changes.

1' 

Williams are fighting to make Q2 and Maldonado is also on the options, so is Heidfeld, while Massa has also switched to the softer compound.

1' 

Rosberg is in 18th. Kobyashi is in the pits so if the German can make a decent lap he'll comfortably be in the top 17. He is.

1' 

Massa is now fastest. di Resta is in 18th and is fighting his way through the entry of the seventh turn, trying to move up at least a place. He's fifth!

2' 

Heidfeld is fastest, getting himself comfortably through. The Renault driver clocks a time of 1:32.505.

2' 

Williams under real pressure. They're at 17th and 19th. Are they going to be the first big team to drop out?

3' 

Chandhok, how replaced Trulli for this GP, is down at 22nd. What does that say?

4' 

The top five goes like this: Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, Webber and then Button.

5' 

Perez crosses the line with a time good enough for sixth place, and Kobayashi follows with eighth.

6' 

The big boys are on the harder prime tyre. Ferrari's Alonso is leading at the minute.

7' 

Petrov has finaly gone out, he is on a set of options, as are Perez and Kobayashi.

8' 

Schumacher comes into the pits. He is only 10th, with Sutil 11th, Heidfeld 12th and di Resta in 13th at this stage.

9' 

Alonso has just gone slightly quicker than Hamilton. The Spaniard sets a 1:32.916. Button has just come in at fourth. No, scrap that, it's Vettel. Button is now fifth.

10' 

Petrov, Kobyashi and Perez are still in the garage. D'Ambrosio, Liuzzi, Chandhok and Ricciardo are 18-21 respectively.

11' 

The top 5 stands at: Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Button, Webber.

12' 

Hamilton is blocked by Glock in the last corner and has to slow right down. He's still the quickest though, the Brit.

13' 

And there are the Red Bulls! Webber sneaks just in front of Alguersuari to notch a lap time of 1:34.084.

14' 

Everyone's on track other than Petrov, Kobayashi, Perez and Buemi. Schumacher, on the medium compound tyre, sets the quickest lap - 1:35.368.

15' 

Glock sets the pace. The German gets around in 1:38.486. he's followed by d'Ambrosio.

16' 

Choosing to ignore the advice given previously, Liuzzi has already surged past Glock, but is keeping his distance to d'Ambrosio.

18' 

Glock and his Virgin team mate d'Ambrosio are the first out.Liuzzi's team tell him not to get too close to the front two as they may have some warm-up problems.

20'

Q1 is off. 20 minutes on the clock - seven cars to be eliminated. You know how it goes by now. Here we go...

12:55 

As I say that, there seems to be a bit of a break in the clouds in the distance. Let's hope it moves towards the circuit so we can have a dry quali.

12:53

Dark clouds hover over the Nurburgring. The weather folk predict that we will get some rain during this session. That's definitely worth a graphic.

12:49 

Welcome back. The qualifying session is approximately ten minutes away. What's going to happen then? Are the Red Bull drivers going to continue where they left off in the final practice? Are Mercedes going to make a go of it? Who knows? However it pans out, it's going to be exciting!