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Rosberg takes home race pole as Hamilton crashes out // Williams close the gap to Mercedes and Ericsson doesn't appear

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Rosberg takes home race pole as Hamilton crashes out
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Lewis Hamilton crashed in the first session of qualifying at Hockenheim, after a brake failure sent him spinning into the tyre barriers. After a quick check up at the medical centre, the Brit was safe and well, and fired up to race through the field on race day - although it’s unclear at this point if he’ll start from the pit lane or not.

Meanwhile, Pastor Maldonado and Adrian Sutil were two reasonably big names dropping out in the first session, and Marcus Ericsson failed to make an appearance due to hydraulic issues on the Caterham.

Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen missed out on the top ten, with their teammates getting into Q3. Kevin Magnussen did a great job to qualify fourth ahead of two Red Bulls with Fernando Alonso seventh. At the top, Nico Rosberg was mostly unchallenged for pole position but the two Williams drivers did their best to stay in contention - Valtteri Bottas finished two tenths off the pole time, with Felipe Massa a further three tenths back.