Valtteri Bottas qualified eighth and Felipe Massa 10th for the German Grand Prix
Both cars progressed from Q1 into Q2 after one run each on the supersoft tyre, with Valtteri easily advancing through in P7 and Felipe in P15
Valtteri and Felipe both went out twice in Q2 on new supersofts. The Toro Rosso of Sainz hampered Felipe at Turn 2 on his first run, which forced him to go again. Felipe eventually made it through in P10 on his final lap. Valtteri made it through to Q3 in P5 with a 1:15.490, his fastest time of the day
Setting one timed lap each in Q3, Felipe headed out first onto a clear track, followed by Valtteri who also entered the track with no cars ahead. Valtteri and Felipe crossed the line in P6 and P7, but dropped to P8 and P10 as the remainder of the field finished their flying laps
Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: It was a very close session. From Mercedes and Red Bull backwards the laptimes are really tight and even Ferrari didnít have much of a margin on us. We worked hard this morning to ensure that we could get a good qualifying balance, which I think we achieved. Both drivers made little mistakes on their final lap, which would have secured them seventh and eighth, but as a team we havenít done a bad job. Weíre never going to be content with eighth and 10th because thatís not where we ultimately want to be, but for this weekend thatís what we will accept. We made great strides on our qualifying pace yesterday and understanding where that pace had to come from, which will transfer into good race pace. Iím convinced that weíve got a good race car and weíre aiming to outscore our closest rivals.
Valtteri Bottas: It was a very consistent qualifying session from us as a team. It was a very close session, as expected, but the balance of the car felt good and we managed to get the tyres to work better. We are missing a bit of grip compared to the cars in front so I think we more or less got the maximum from the car today. I had some traffic in the last sector on my Q3 run which cost me a few hundredths, so I could have been seventh, but apart from that Iím pretty pleased with my qualifying today.
Felipe Massa: Iíd say it was a very competitive qualifying today, especially with Force India. We are constantly fighting for a tenth. I was very happy with my lap; but I just went into the turn too much at corner 12 and I lost time on my lap because of that. Thatís the only thing that happened or else Iíd have easily been one tenth quicker. So thatís a shame, but I will try even harder for the team tomorrow.
Track Hockenheimring, Germany Weather: Hot and humid
Lap Length 4.574 km / 2.84 miles Temperature: Air 39-45įC Track 26-27įC
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.485 1:14.839 1:14.363
2. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.243 1:14.748 1:14.470
3. D. Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:15.591 1:15.545 1:14.726
8. V. Bottas WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:15.952 (7th) 1:15.490 (5th) 1:15.530
10. F. Massa WILLIAMS MARTINI RACING 1:16.503 (15th) 1:15.699 (10th) 1:15.615