You can find the full line-up to the left but it is Hamilton who will lead us off with Vettel in hot pursuit tomorrow.
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A stunning final run from Hamilton as he takes pole position from Vettel! Webber and Raikkonen make up the second row of the grid.
HAMILTON TAKES POLE! 1:29.398
Webber loses time in the final sector and goes third.
VETTEL ON PROVISIONAL POLE! 1:29.501.
Vettel fastest in the first sector….
Here we go then, cars squeezing in one more lap…
Button doesn’t fancy it either, judging by his radio conversations…
Alonso comes out for his final spurt on medium tyres, apparently ceding the battle for pole to the Red Bulls, Lotus and Hamilton. Everyone’s on track for a thrilling finish…
Apparently this is set to be the quickest pole in Germany for quite some time. No wonder Rosbreg was caught out. New tyres on the Red Bulls…
Hamilton goes quickest with 1:29.540. He made up a lot of pace in the final sector in the Mercedes.
Hot laps coming up 1.29:970 from Raikkonen. Vettel just ahead with 1:29.622. Grosjean and Webber a bit off the pace.
Rosberg: “The team underestimated so it didn’t work out … Degradation wise it is better, race pace we are okay. From 11th? I will think about that tomorrow.”
Webber and Vettel also both out on brand new tyres. This could be pretty thrilling stuff.
Both the Ferraris are on used soft tyres. Massa is out on a very old set now. Raikkonen on fresh ones. He could be one to watch.
And Q3 is under way - a final 10-minute blast to sort out the front five rows of the grid.
A hot track meant faster times than expected but Mercedes got that horribly wrong. Massa first, then Raikkonen, Alonso, Vettel, Grosjean, Hamilton, Webber, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Button.
DRIVERS ELIMINATED: 11-Rosberg, 12-Di Resta, 13-Perez, 14-Gutierrez, 15-Sutil, 16-Vergne.
Three poles this season for Rosberg but he’s denied a pop at Q3 as he sits in the pits! What a terrible error. Massa went round quickest.
Raikkonen goes second fastest and that knocks Rosberg out of the top 10! Mercedes are in the garage - a horrible misjudgement.
Di Resta is knocked out with Guttierez, and Sutil too...
Ricciardi bumps up to seventh with a quick one though, as Button takes eighth.....
Alonso quickest in 1:29.962 but at the bottom of the pile Di Resta is just clinging on in 10th. Vergne, Hulkenberg, Button, Sutil and Ricciardi in the bottom six.
Grosjean with a stunning lap to go second, just 0.013 behind Vettel! Wow. Great pace from the Lotus man. Button and Perez currently in the bottom six for McLaren and in trouble.
Vettel smashes it in the middle sector though and enjoys an effortless 1:29.992 to take top spot. Webber comes through in third behind Hamilton. That should be enough for both men.
Red Bull have left it late but there is time for a couple of flying laps. It means they spare their tyres and the two drivers should have easily enough pace. Vettel can’t beat Hamilton’s time after the first sector though.
Perez is having all kinds of issues in the McLaren and a 1:32.074 leaves him placed in 14th. Looks as though the Mexican could be missing from Q3. And here come the Red Bulls.
Button appears to be struggling and a 1:31.542 leaves him right on the cusp. Both the Red Bulls are yet to record a time so he will be bumped down at least two more.
And Rosberg makes up plenty of ground to go second behind team-mate Hamilton. Nice work from the Mercedes as we await the Red Bull response.
Alonso is five tenths off the pace and takes third for Ferrari. Massa is even further down in fifth. At present Ricciardo and Rosberg are in the drop zone along with four drivers yet to record a lap time.
Hamilton has some pace and is under Raikkonen’s time after the second sector. The Mercedes man records 1:30.152 to go four tenths quicker.
Raikkonen takes first with 1:30.575. while Rosberg goes wide on turn one on his first flying lap to wreck that attempt.
Mercedes head out early for their qualifying runs. No movement from the Red Bulls just yet. Meanwhile, here comes Kimi Raikkonen for Lotus.
Vergne records a 1:31.285 on his flying lap on the soft tyres. That won’t be good enough.
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Vergne the first on track for the Toro Rossos.
Q2 is under way - it's 15 minutes to whittle the field down by another six.
On their 600th GP, Williams lose both Bottas and Maldonado. A very poor performance. Ferrari supply two of the top three though after running the soft tyres.
Not a great performance from Webber in 12th but he was on the medium compound, along with Vettel who came ninth. It looked a bit hairy for Webber at one point but he’s in Q2.
DRIVERS ELIMINATED: 17-Bottas, 18-Maldonado , 19-Pic, 20-Bianchi, 21-Van der Garde, 22-Chilton.
Di Resta is only 12th as he crosses the line on soft tyres, Perez squeezes into 14th…
It’s our final lap, Webber and Perez looking for decent laps….
Perez only 18th after another lap. He is in big trouble in the McLaren. Meanwhile, Massa goes quickest.
Mark Webber goes off on turn one! He is placed 12th at present.
Jenson Button pops into sixth with 1:31.181. At present it is Sutil, Perez, Pic, Bianchi, Van der Garde and Chilton who occupy the bottom six places.
The Red Bulls are placed seventh and 10th at present – Vettel from Webber – but they are yet to turn on the juice in this Q1 session.
So Raikkonen leading from Alonso, with Ricciardo looking okay in third. Four cars yet to record a time at all with Massa, Button and Grosjean amongst them.
It’s not a fantastic time from Alonso when you factor in the soft tyres and the amount of fuel he is carrying. Now Raikkonen takes first place with 1:30.676.
Alonso, sporting those soft tyres, is ahead of the pace after two sectors and despite a touch of understeer goes across in 1:30.709, fastest by three tenths.
Alonso is out on track and Ferrari say he will be going for three timed laps on the soft tyres. Possibly risky if they don’t hold up, but they are saving their mediums for the race it seems.
Hamilton is on a hot one and goes second fastest by 0.050 seconds, sandwiched in between Ricciardo and Rosberg.
Rosberg smashes Maldonado’s time after two sectors but can only go second fastest as he slows towards the end, catching his front wing, and records 1:31.322.
Sutil complains of oversteer when speaking to his race team over the radio. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton takes a second warm-up lap.
It’s still only really back markers who have had a crack at qualifying but now Nico Rosberg is out on track and looking to make his mark.
Sutil is nearly nine tenths off the pace after the second sector. Doesn’t look to be doing much in his Force India on this lap.
Maldonado goes through in 1:31.834 to set today’s fastest time so far. Very early stages though of course.
Pastor Maldonado, who had a stinker in FP3 this morning, comes out on soft tyres, clearly determined not to be squeezed out in Q1.
Paul Di Resta records the first time with a 1:41.226 but it’s only the precursor to his first flying lap.
A leisurely start then. Why not read our Ultimate Guide to the German GP?
Cars are beginning to trickle out onto the Nurburgring track, which is 42c and heating up nicely. That might favour the likes of Loftus.
Paul Di Resta leads us out as a number of teams keep their powder dry for now. Expect to see some of the big names a bit later.
Q1 is a 20-minute session, at the end of which the six slowest drivers are eliminated.
There was talk of a driver boycott if we saw a repeat of the tyre problems that afflicted the British GP last week but with Pirelli running Kevlar-belted tyres and the FIA setting tyre pressures, there haven’t been any similar incidents yet today.
And the weather? The track has heated up with air temperature reaching 21c and no sign of rain. There’s a 7mph wind and the humidity is dropping off a bit too.
A reminder of the format: Q1 is a 20-minute session, at the end of which the six slowest drivers are eliminated. Q2 lasts 15 minutes as we whittle the field down by another six. Q3 is a final 10-minute blast to decide the front five rows of the grid.
Vettel – yet to win the German Grand Prix, rather incredibly – was in scorching form in Free Practice 3 this morning, going under 1:30 at the end of the session. He also topped FP2 while Lewis Hamilton was quickest in FP1, but suffered technical issues today.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of qualifying at the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. The Red Bulls look set to contest pole but Nico Rosberg has also been looking good in the Mercedes.