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Manor replace Haryanto with Ocon

Esteban Ocon, Renault, Hockenheimring, 2016Manor have announced that Esteban Ocon will replace Rio Haryanto as race driver alongside Pascal Wehrlein for the rest of the season.

The team confirmed earlier today that Haryanto would be made reserve driver after explaining that Haryanto had been ‘unable to meet contractual obligations’.

“I’m thrilled that I’ll be making my Grand Prix debut with Manor Racing later this month, and at Spa, of all circuits, which is the next best thing to my home race,” says Ocon.

“I’m ready for this exciting step up, thanks to the experience I’ve gained as a Formula One Reserve Driver this season. I’d like to thank Renault Sport F1 Team and Mercedes-Benz for working together to make this happen, and to Manor Racing for the opportunity, which I’m going to grab with both hands.”

Ocon has made four appearances in free practice sessions this season for Renault. The 19-year-old Frenchman is also part of Mercedes’s driver development programme.

Mercedes go conservative in Belgium tyre selections

Championship leaders Mercedes will have the fewest sets of supersoft tyres available to them of any team at the upcoming 2016 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, with the Silver Arrows having instead opted for what looks like a more conservative selection.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will have just four sets of the red-marked rubber available to them at Spa-Francorchamps, while chief rivals Red Bull and Ferrari have opted to give their drivers six and seven sets of softest compound respectively.

Mercedes are also one of only two teams – the other being Haas – to have differing tyre selections for each of their drivers, with Hamilton having six sets of softs to Rosberg’s five, but the German having one more set of the medium compound rubber.

German Grand Prix grid

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Row 1 1. Nico Rosberg 1’14.363
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’14.470
Row 2 3. Daniel Ricciardo 1’14.726
Red Bull
4. Max Verstappen 1’14.834
Red Bull
Row 3 5. Kimi Raikkonen 1’15.142
6. Sebastian Vettel 1’15.315
Row 4 7. Nico Hulkenberg 1’15.510
Force India
8. Valtteri Bottas 1’15.530
Row 5 9. Sergio Perez 1’15.537
Force India
10. Felipe Massa 1’15.615
Row 6 11. Esteban Gutierrez 1’15.883
12. Jenson Button 1’15.909
Row 7 13. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’15.989
Toro Rosso
14. Fernando Alonso 1’16.041
Row 8 15. Jolyon Palmer 1’16.665
16. Kevin Magnussen 1’16.716
Row 9 17. Pascal Wehrlein 1’16.717
18. Daniil Kvyat 1’16.876
Toro Rosso
Row 10 19. Rio Haryanto 1’16.977
20. Romain Grosjean* 1’16.086
Row 11 21. Felipe Nasr 1’17.123
22. Marcus Ericsson 1’17.238

Rosberg takes pole after engine issues

German GP: Rosberg snatches pole despite engine cut-out scareNico Rosberg will start the German Grand Prix from pole position, after beating his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying at Hockenheim.

Rosberg was forced to abort his first Q3 run due to an “electronic error” that briefly cut the engine.

But his second lap gave him pole which was “a fantastic lap in the circumstances” according to the pitwall, as he ran with enough fuel for two laps instead of one in case he made a mistake on his first attempt.

It was Rosberg’s fifth pole of the season – 30 years on from his father Keke starting from pole here for McLaren – and came after setting the pace in every practice session all weekend.

It had looked like Hamilton would score his seventh pole of the season, but a scrappy second run, which included a huge lock-up at the hairpin, cos him dearly. He will start second.

Daniel Ricciardo will start third for Red Bull, bemoaning “losing the rear at Turn 8” on his final attack, ahead of teammate Max Verstappen.

Kimi Raikkonen outqualified Sebastian Vettel at Ferrari, who locked out the third row.

Rosberg stays on top in Germany

Nico Rosberg stuck at the top of the timesheets in Hockenheim ahead of the German Grand Prix.

On a slightly warmer track Rosberg’s best time was a tenth of a second off his quickest from first practice.

Drivers had been told restrictions on track limits would not be enforced in the first practice session that policy changed in the afternoon.

Ahead of the session teams were told each driver could only run wide at turn one a maximum of three times before being reported to the stewards, and some came close to using up all three ‘strikes’.

Lewis Hamilton got within four-tenths of a second of his team mate after locking up at the Spitzkehre on his quickest lap and fighting oversteer at turn ten.

Mercedes’ rivals were closer to them in the second session than in the first. Sebastian Vettel lapped within six-tenths of a second of Rosberg and both Red Bulls were eight-tenths off the pace.

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