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Fernando Alonso gets the better of the weather at Hockenheim // Alonso takes his second pole position in a row

Published by Christine Blachford

Fernando Alonso gets the better of the weather at Hockenheim
Credit: Pirelli S.p.A.

This is F1Minute - Fernando Alonso gets the better of the weather at Hockenheim.

Third practice in Germany was mostly dry, with the wet weather coming in the last few minutes. A brief shower cleaned the track but it was all dry again by the time qualifying began.

Drivers still seemed to be struggling to find grip, and there were some touch and go moments for big names in first qualifying, but it was the usual suspects dropping out, with Jean-Éric Vergne and the three not-so-new teams.

In the second session, there was time for a few fast laps before the weather turned and the rain came down again. Felipe Massa, Romain Grosjean and Nico Rosberg were the surprise dropouts in Q2, with the latter two also subject to a five place grid penalty for changing their gearboxes. Daniel Ricciardo did well to qualify 11th, just missing out on the top ten.

Into the final session, it was very wet and really a matter of hanging onto the car for as long as possible. Fernando Alonso secured pole position ahead of the two Red Bulls, Vettel and Webber - who’ll also drop back five. Notably, Jenson Button outqualified his teammate for the first time this year, but it was still only 7th to Lewis Hamilton’s 8th.