Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a poor morning practice session in Germany to secure his second straight pole.
Hamilton was fastest in FP1 on Friday but the car got progressively less to his liking after he made changes for FP2 and again for FP3. He was even concerned that he wouldn’t make the top 10, but further changes for qualifying paid off, and he pipped Sebastian Vettel.
“I tell you, it’s really overwhelming,” said Hamilton. “I’ve been struggling since the first run in P1, which was pretty good, P2, P3 were just disasters and it got even worse this morning. We were miles off. I was a good eight-tenths of a second off. I wasn’t comfortable with the car at all.
“And we went back into the truck and we just worked hard, tried to analyse everything and made lots and lots of changes. I just hoped that it would work and fortunately the car was beneath me and I was able to put in the times we did. I’m grateful for the work the guys did with me and, again, this is just down to all the hard work the team has been putting in.”
Hamilton admitted he was surprised that team mate Nico Rosberg missed out on Q3 after a bad call by the team.
“Well, it was obviously a big surprise for all of us. Nico’s been quick all weekend and I anticipated that he would most likely out-qualify me today and be up there where we are right now. Obviously he was only two tenths off the pace compared to my lap and obviously the track did ramp up and that was a real surprise and that caught us out a bit.”