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Summary

  1. Rosberg on pole, Hamilton 2nd
  2. Ricciardo 3rd, Verstappen 4th, Raikkonen 5th, Vettel 6th
  3. McLarens out in Q2 - Button out-qualifies Alonso
  4. Race coverage live from 11:30 BST on Sunday

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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No German driver has ever won back-to-back Grands Prix on home soil - not even the great Michael Schumacher - but Rosberg can become the first to do so with victory tomorrow.

However, he only needs look back to the previous race that things can change in an instant.

Will he hold off Lewis Hamilton at the first corner this time? Whatever happens, it promises to be a thrilling fight.

Join us for build up to tomorrow race's from 11:30 BST on Sunday. Until then, auf wiedersehen.

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Nico Rosberg has two poles in Germany now. Jim Clark (above) and Jacky Ickx lead the way with four (Forix).

A frustrating day for Sebastian Vettel as once again Ferrari fail to threaten in qualifying. 

For the second time in three races, the German could only manage the sixth quickest time, and he's clearly not happy.

"I didn't feel that comfortable in qualifying," he says. "We're not here to start P5 or P6. We have fallen back."

Like father, like son

Nico Rosberg
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Here's a nice stat - Nico Rosberg secures pole 30 years after his dad Keke also secured pole at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. 

'We got close to Mercedes'

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Daniel Ricciardo, who qualified third: "I think we got pretty close to the Mercedes. My first lap in Q3 was really good and I knew there was probably not much more. There was maybe a tenth of a second in it if there was a perfect lap.

"We might have different tyres available for us for the race and hopefully that makes it interesting."

'I didn't lock up'

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Lewis Hamilton, who was short and sweet with his response in the post-qualifying news conference, said: "It has been a good weekend. I had no problems. I had the pace today just didn't finish it off. I didn't lock up.

"It should be a good day for Mercedes tomorrow."

Robserg: "Great feeling."

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Nico Rosberg, who qualified on pole: "Yeah it was a great feeling, it was a great lap, but I also had extra fuel, in case I needed to do a third lap."

That's Nico Rosberg's 27th career pole, fifth of the season and third at Hockenheim.It also means he is level with Lewis Hamilton in qualifying: 6-6.

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Congrats Nico

.@MercedesAMGF1 📻 "You have pole position, Nico - fantastic lap in the circumstances" 👍🏻 👍🏻 #GermanGP 🇩🇪 #F1

.@MercedesAMGF1 📻 "You have pole position, Nico - fantastic lap in the circumstances" 👍🏻 👍🏻 #GermanGP 🇩🇪 #F1

Just to emphasise how impressive that lap was from Nico Rosberg, Mercedes technical boss Paddy Lowe says he was carrying more fuel than Lewis Hamilton.

You never writes off Lewis on anything even if he seems to be struggling. #TeamLH #bbcf1

#bbcf1. No points for pole. Nico will be nervous with Lewis starting alongside him.

Nico Rosberg is all smiles as the top three pose for the cameras. The German then laps up the applause from his compatriots. 

So far so good for the German. A clean sweep of practice and then keeping it together to take pole position with the one shot he had.

Rosberg nailed it

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Disappointing from Lewis but credit where's credit due, Rosberg only had one lap and he nailed it.

Lewis Hamilton
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Qualifying top 10

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Ricciardo 4) Verstappen 5) Raikkonen 6) Vettel 7) Hulkenberg 8) Bottas 9) Perez 10) Massa

Fantastic from Nico Rosberg. He had just that one lap to get pole position and he nailed it. 

Chequered flag

NICO ROSBERG IS ON POLE POSITION FOR THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX.

Hamilton locks up

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Hamilton locked up which will have lost him some time.

...and he can't beat Nico Rosberg's time!

Meanwhile, Felipe Massa goes P6 with his lap. 

Lewis Hamilton is on his lap now, but he runs wide at the first corner, and locks up a couple of corners later. It's looking like a bit of a messy lap so far...

...and it is a 1:14.363. Provisional pole but just a tenth of a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton.

...and the middle sector...

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Nico Rosberg is fastest of all through the first sector...

We shall see if Nico Rosberg is truly OK then, because he's back out already.

Four minutes left on the clock.

Can Ricciardo upset the apple cart?

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Rosberg is going to have to do a great lap to beat the one just set by Ricciardo.

'Electronic error for Rosberg'

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Hockenheim

Rosberg had an electronic error on first lap, Mercedes say. But will be OK for his final run   

Daniel Ricciardo bumps his team-mate Max Verstappen down to third as he goes second quickest with 1:14.726. 

Kimi Raikkonen is third, with Sebastian Vettel fourth and the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg sixth and seventh respectively after round one.

Do Mercedes have this in the bag?

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

I think this will be a two horse race. I don't see anyone outside of Lewis or Nico being on the front of the grid.

Nico Rosberg
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Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:14.486 and he is sixth tenths of a second faster than the next quickest man - Max Verstappen.

Why did Nico Rosberg not at least get a banker in? All or nothing for him now.

It will come down to the final minute

Allan McNish

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

It's come down to the final minute of qualifying. That's the key period.

Sebastian Vettel sets the first time, clocking a 1:15.619. Nico Rosberg is on a good lap...but he backs out of it and pits. Not sure why he aborted that having looked good...

Vettel
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Bad times for Alonso

Feel for @alo_oficial, they just can't seem to get the basics right on that car #bbcf1

It's going to be about fine margins all through the top 10.

Everyone is out for their first laps, super-softs across the board.

'I need more than a summer break'

Kyvat admits he's responsible for his bad performance today. "I lost my references," he said. "I need more than the summer break."

Final qualifying starts

Here we go then - the battle for pole position is under way.

Fernando Alonso was straight out of the McLaren garage, and I'm pretty certain it wasn't to get first dibs on the left over cake from his birthday yesterday. He's fuming after feeling Sebastian Vettel held him up.

Weekend highlight

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

This is the highlight of the weekend for me. Now we see what the drivers are all about.

No surprise to see Mercedes in a league of their own again but interestingly less than a second separated the top 10 in Q2. 

It's going to be close!

OUT

11) Gutierrez 12) Button 13) Sainz 14) Alonso 15) Grosjean 16) Palmer

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Why did Vettel go out again?

Jack Nicholls

Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

I don't know what Ferrari were playing at. Why did they send Vettel out when they knew he wouldn't have enough time to complete a lap?!