Grid penalties for Sainz and Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg has been given a one-place grid penalty for the German Grand Prix.

Force India were found to have used a set of tyres during qualifying which they had notified the FIA would not be used following the final practice session. Teams are required to return one set of tyres before qualifying begins.

These tyres are scanned electronically to notify the FIA they will no longer be used. However one of the scanned sets was fitted to Hulkenberg’s car during qualifying in error.

Hulkenberg’s comparatively light sanction sees him moved back one place on the grid from seventh to eighth, promoting Valtteri Bottas.

Carlos Sainz meanwhile was driver was found to have held Felipe Massa up at turn two during Q2.

Sainz failed to progress beyond that stage of qualifying while Massa was eliminated.

Sainz was also given a three place grid penalty and two penalty points for the incident. The penalty drops him from 13th on the grid to 16th.

German Grand Prix grid

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

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 takes last gasp pole in Hungary

Nico Rosberg will start on pole position after a stunning last lap in qualifying that saw him pip his team mate Lewis Hamilton.

The world champion was forced to slow down when Fernando Alonso spun in front of him and while others also had to compromise their laps, Rosberg was just able to get away without slowing and snatched pole in the dying moments.

Q1 was delayed by around 15 minutes when heavy rain soaked the circuit just before it was due to begin.

When it did eventually get back underway again it lasted for just a couple of minutes with the red flags brought back out when rain returned.

At that moment, Sergio Perez headed up a Force India one-two while at the back were the two Mercedes drivers.

The session restarted but only for a few minutes before Marcus Ericsson crashed at turn eight and the red flag came out.

Felipe Massa was one of the first to switch onto intermediate tyres and he strayed too far over the white line at turn four and spun into the barriers, these brought another red flag.

The cars were back out on track with five minutes to go until the final 100 seconds when Manor’s Rio Haryanto crashed at turn eight bringing Q1 to an early end almost an hour after it started.

The two Renault’s suffered most from this who were caught out by the red flags and both Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen were knocked out

Q2 was all about the switch onto the dry tyres and the final minute saw the times tumble by almsot three seconds.

With just seconds to go, Kimi Raikkonen went fastest, but with the rapidly evolving track, the Finn was knocked out along with Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, Sergio Perez.

Raikkonen slots in next ahead of Esteban Gutierrez and Felipe Nasr who had good pace in the rain earlier on.

Red Bull were close but Mercedes were too strong for them in Q3, Hamilton looked set to take pole especially once Alonso spun which brought out the waved double yellow flags.

All the other drivers were forced to slow down, but Rosberg who was slow in sector one, was at the right point of the track at the right time and was able to sneak to pole.

He will start ahead of Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel

2016 British GP grid

Pos.

Driver

Team

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

4

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

5

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

6

Valterri Bottas

Williams

7

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

8

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

9

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

10

Sergio Perez

Force India

11

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

12

Felipe Massa

Williams

13

Romain Grosjean

Haas

14

Esteban Gutierrez

Haas

15

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

16

Kevin Magnussen

Renault

17

Jenson Button

McLaren

18

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

19

Rio Haryanto

Manor

20

Pascal Wehrlein

Manor

21

Felipe Nasr

Sauber

DNQ

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

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