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  1. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg

    While Lewis Hamilton's title challenge hit the barriers, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg's is glued to the track.

    However, cooler conditions are forecast for tomorrow and Rubens Barrichello showed in 2000 that it is possible to fight through the field at Hockenheim from way down the field.

    So all is not lost for Hamilton. Tomorrow should be a cracker. Until then, it's goodbye from me.

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    lewis hamilton

    That's just about it from me today. Thanks for your company, as ever. Highlights of today's qualifying session will be on BBC One at 17:25 BST.

    I'll be back at 12:00 BST to begin building up to the German Grand Prix, with BBC Radio 5 live joining at 12:45.

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    nico rosberg

    So Nico Rosberg starts on pole position alongside Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. Daniel Ricciardo starts fifth for Red Bull while Lewis Hamilton is way down in 15th.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Pole position for Nico Rosberg was his fourth in the last five races and ninth of his career. It also continues his great week, which has involved getting married, watching Germany win the World Cup and announcing a new long-term contract.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton officially qualified 16th, but a penalty for Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez moves him up to 15th - which crucially is the clean side of the grid.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Images of Lewis Hamilton's crash are dropping now. It was big.


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    Ricology: ‏I think Hamilton should borrow Mario Balotelli's 'why always me?' shirt

    Julian Richards: Hamilton starts tomorrow 15th, still good chance of podium if Mercedes car is OK.

    Alex Manyonde: With all the Hamilton drama, we have actually forgotten the story of the day: Williams are second and third

  8. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg use different manufacturers for your brakes. It is possible that the team might suggest to Hamilton that he switches to Rosberg's as a precaution. That will not be ideal as a driver picks his brake company based on feel so it will take a lot of getting used to.

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    Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas

    Felipe Massa, who will start third: "We managed to put a lap together even though we were not able to have the perfect car.

    "We still did a very good lap and I'm quite happy with the result and our car. In the race conditions will give a different feeling of the car but I will try to do a very good job."

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    Valtteri Bottas

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who starts second: "I'm happy with the result we got as a team, well done to everyone, but Mercedes is still ahead.

    "The lap I did in the end, I made no mistakes, it was a really nice lap. I felt I got everything out of the car today."

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    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who starts on pole: "For now, it's been going really well. Home race, to be on pole is fantastic. I would have preferred if it was an open fight with Lewis so I'm less happy as a result.

    "But it's a fantastic day but there are no points today. There is still a long way to go tomorrow."

    He adds: "For tomorrow, it is supposed to be a bit colder, so it should make it easier on the tyres. The weather could play a role, so I just need to take it as it comes."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton says he's "in a little bit of a pain" but that's "what happens when you have a crash like that". He adds that he pulled about 30G on impact.


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    Nico Rosberg

    Peter:‏ What a fantastic job from Kevin Magnussen

    James Weir: ‏Who is Nico Rosberg waving to? There's barely anyone in the grandstand.

    Jonti: Tomorrow there may be storms!!! It could be an epic race!

    Tiernan Kelly: ‏Gutted about Hamilton, though it makes one wonder whether Mercedes need to look at cooling for their braking systems.

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    Allan McNish

    5 live analyst

    "You could hear that Lewis Hamilton was very, very winded when he came over team radio."

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has just left the Mercedes motorhome and is heading over to the area where post-qualifying TV interviews are done.

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    (left to right) Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, and Valtteri Bottas

    Nico Rosberg, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa pose for the top three photo before heading up to take their seat for the news conference.


    1) Rosberg 2) Bottas 3) Massa 4) Magnussen 5) Ricciardo 6) Vettel 7) Alonso 8) Kvyat 9) Hulkenberg 10) Perez

    11) Button 12) Raikkonen 13) Vergne 14) Gutierrez 15) Grosjean 16) Hamilton

    17) Sutil 18) Bianchi 19) Maldonado 20) Kobayashi 21) Chilton 22) Ericsson

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    Kevin Magnussen was also outstanding in the McLaren, the Dane finishing fourth quickest, seven tenths off the pace. It shows that the team's upgrades are working.

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    It's another stunning performance from Williams, with Valtteri Bottas second and Felipe Massa third.

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    Nico Rosberg couldn't improve on his final run, but it didn't matter. His first lap was good enough. That's his fifth pole position of the season. That moves him into first place in the race for the new-for-this-year Pole Position Trophy.


    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the German Grand Prix.

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    Great effort from Valtteri Bottas who goes second, just two tenths of a second off the pace of Nico Rosberg.

  23. Post update

    Everyone has pitted for a new set of boots ahead of one final run. Just over two minutes remaining.

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    Sebastian Vettel goes fourth fastest on home soil, with his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo six tenths of a second and two places further back.

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    McLaren's Jenson Button, who will start 11th talking to Jennie Gow: "We're struggling to find a balance, but it should be cooler tomorrow. In hot conditions yesterday, we struggled a lot on the long runs."

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    Valtteri Bottas goes second, half a second off the pace set by Nico Rosberg with WIlliams team-mate Felipe Massa third, two tenths further back.

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    David Coulthard

    BBC F1 co-commentator

    "That lap was beautiful from Nico Rosberg, he really attacked the first corner."

  28. Post update

    Nico Rosberg sets his fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:16.540. That will take some beating.


    The waiting is over as the battle for pole position reaches its conclusion.


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    Kate Thurlow: ‏How can a brand new disc fail?! Gutted for @LewisHamilton but glad he's ok for a super amount of overtaking tomorrow!

    Jeremiah Kariuki: That's a big blow to Lewis. Why always him? Was the weekend column about premonition when he talked about pain! Good luck, race day.

    Tenzin Lama: 90% Hamilton error vs 10% front brake disc failure???? How many more of these types of quali can Hamilton take before a person cracks?

  31. IN

    1) Rosberg 2) Bottas 3) Massa 4) Vettel 5) Magnussen 6) Ricciardo 7) Alonso 8) Hulkenberg 9) Kvyat 10) Perez

  32. OUT

    11) Button 12) Raikkonen 13) Vergne 14) Gutierrez 15) Grosjean 16) Hamilton

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    A last gasp lap from Sergio Perez pushes his former team-mate Jenson Button out of qualifying.


    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the German Grand Prix.


    Kimi Raikkonen, Jean-Eric Vergne, Romain Grosjean, Esteban Gutierrez, Sergio Perez - who hasn't set a lap time and Lewis Hamilton - who crashed out in Q1 - are currently in the drop zone.

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    Sebastian Vettel pops into third, half a second off the pace, with Kevin Magnussen continuing to impress this weekend with the fourth fastest time. Felipe Massa if fifth, Fernando Alonso sixth and Daniel Ricciardo seventh.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton is back from the medical centre. Mercedes say he is OK but "sore from the crash". The Briton's latest BBC Sport column talks about the pain he feels when results don't go his way. Check it out on the F1 pages.

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    Pole position is clearly Nico Rosberg's to lose. The German goes quickest with a 1:17.109, 0.244 seconds quicker than Valtteri Bottas, with Felipe Massa four tenths further back in the other Williams.

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    Felipe Massa and Nico Hulkenberg are the first drivers to hit the track. Hulkenberg clocks a 1:18.270, which is seven tenths quicker than he managed in the previous part of qualifying.


    Lewis Hamilton

    The second part of qualifying is under way. Another six drivers will get knocked out - one of which will be Lewis Hamilton.



    Mercedes confirm it was a right-front brake disc failure which caused Lewis Hamilton's crash.


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    Alexis Sanchez: Bit of a nasty one there for Lewis. Hope he's ok for tomorrow.

    Iheke: The Mercedes was rock solid in pre-season but has become noticeably more flaky as the season progressed.

    Ebrahim Sait: Big blow to Hamilton but makes it for an exciting race tomorrow.

  43. OUT

    17) Adrian Sutil 18) Jules Bianchi 19) Pastor Maldonado 20) Kamui Kobayashi 21) Max Chilton 22) Marcus Ericsson (no time)


    Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

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    Adrian Sutil, Jules Bianchi, Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi, Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson are currently in the drop zone.

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    Daniel Ricciardo goes second, 0.486 seconds off the pace, with his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel a tenth further back. The Australian has a 6-3 head-to-head over four-time champion Vettel in qualifying this year.

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    Nico Rosberg bolts on a set of super-soft tyres and goes quickest with a 1:17.631 - that'll be enough to get him through to Q2. Valtteri Bottas goes second with Kevin Magnussen third. "That'll be enough to get through Kevin, box, box."

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    Lewis Hamilton is in the medical centre and they are checking his knees. The left-front locked and then the rears, sending the Mercedes spinning round. The Briton's Mercedes hit the barriers rear first.

  49. GO! GO! GO!

    The session resumes. The delay has helped Caterham, who are now hopeful they will get Marcus Ericsson out before the end of Q1.

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    BBC co-commentator David Coulthard points out that Lewis Hamilton's wheels were locked so it is "not accurate" to say brakes failed. He adds that Sachskurve, where Hamilton crashed, can catch a driver out but Hamilton is "not in the habit of throwing the car off".

  51. Post update

    The session will restart at 13:19 BST.

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    Toto Wolff, Niki Lauda and Paddy Lowe are huddled together looking at the data screens and replays of Lewis Hamilton's crash. Hamilton's engineer Jock Clear is stood to the side with a look of disbelief. The Briton simply hasn't had the luck in qualifying this year.

  53. RED FLAG

    The session has been red flagged and the clock stopped. Lewis Hamilton looks OK and is out of the car. Marshals are now working on repairing the barriers and hoisting the Mercedes onto the back of a truck.

  54. RED FLAG

    Big impact for Hamilton. The Briton's engineer asks if he's OK. No response. He asks again and Hamilton, who sounds clearly shaken, replies: "Yeah, I'm OK. I hit the brakes and something...the brakes failed."


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton crashes heavily in the stadium section.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "At the last two races in Austria and Silverstone, the issue of track limits has been a hot one - drivers had their qualifying times deleted if they ran over the white line signifying the edge of the circuit with all four wheels. Here, it will not be an issue as race director Charlie Whiting believes that the combination of aggressive kerbs and artificial grass immediately outside means running off track makes the cars slower."

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    Nico Rosberg has yet to complete a competitive lap time. His first was ruined by a mistake at Turn One, his second aborted after he locked the front left heavily at Turn Two. Eight minutes remaining.

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    Valtteri Bottas goes quickest in the Williams with a 1:18.215, four tenths quicker than Lewis Hamilton.

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "The track temperature is 55 degrees, which is right in the top working range for the tyres."

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    Marcus Ericsson's overalls are folded down around his waste and he has a t-shirt on rather a fireproof top, which suggests the Caterham driver is unlikely to take any part in qualifying.

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    McLaren's Jenson Button is the early pace-setter, the Briton clocking a very average 1:20.264.


    Here we go, then. Let qualifying begin.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    Daniel Ricciardo

    "Red Bull were off the pace in final practice, but through Friday they appeared pretty much a match for Mercedes. It was noticeable that Daniel Ricciardo was much higher up on the speed traps than normal. This was partly down to a lower-downforce set-up than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, but Renault do have a useful power boost here thanks to a new fuel from Total. Fuel is one of the key areas of performance with these new turbo hybrid engines in F1."


    Patrick Dempsey

    Greys Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey, who is a professional racing driver and is in Germany to compete in the Porsche Super Cup which supports F1 at certain races during the season, is in position in the Red Bull garage to enjoy qualifying.



    Jack of all trades: ‏I think Lewis was holding back in 3rd practice, but I expect qualifying to be close between him and Nico.

    Dia: ‏Rosberg will take pole, Hamilton 2nd, Ricciardo 3rd. 4th and 5th is up for grabs.

    keefy‏: Very suspicious how Rosberg can suddenly pull over half a second away from Hamilton. On his home race. Bias?

  66. Post update

    There's a lot of work going on in the Caterham garage as the team battle try and fix Marcus Ericsson's car in time to get him out for Q1. But looking at the number of bits that are on the floor, there is still A LOT of work to do.

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    German Grand Prix

    The word scorchio has been used a lot to describe Hockenheim so far this weekend and temperatures show no signs of cooling off. The track temperature is currently 55C - and rising.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "It's difficult to be sure whether the removal of the teams' front-rear interconnected suspension systems (Fric) this weekend following an FIA rules advisory has made any difference to the competitive order. But it may well have made the cars more difficult to drive. There have been a lot of drivers locking up into some of the trickier braking zones here, particularly into Turns Two and Eight, in both of which the cars arrive with some degree of lateral load.

    "Many drivers have run wide at these two corners, and on Saturday morning there was a most unusual sight at Turn Eight - Fernando Alonso spun the Ferrari after locking the inside front wheel on entry. These errors could conceivably be down to the high track temperatures interacting with the soft tyres but pitch control was one of the key benefits of Fric, so it is more likely to be that."

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    Fans on the tribune follow the third practice session

    German Grands Prix used to be sell-outs during the Michael Schumacher era, fans flocking to the circuit to support the seven-time world champion.

    However, this weekend, the grandstands have been sparse - and that hasn't gone unnoticed.

    "It's not satisfying," said Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff. "If you compare Hockenheim Friday to Friday at Silverstone [British Grand Prix] and Friday in Austria, it's a different world and we have to understand why that is."

    One reason could be the cost. The most expensive weekend pass is £407, while the cheapest is still £130.

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    This is your 10-minute warning, folks. Qualifying is almost upon us.


    2000 German Grand Prix

    Rubens Barrichello wins the 2000 German Grand Prix

    Rubens Barrichello will have fond memories of the 2000 German Grand Prix, a race in which he came from 18th on the grid to secure a hugely popular maiden victory.

    The Brazilian's success came down to his quick progress through the field in the early stages and a big decision to stay out on dry tyres, while leader Mika Hakkinen pitted, when it started to rain towards the end of the race.

    Barrichello took victory at the 123rd attempt, bursting into tears on the podium as he celebrated a stunning drive.

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    We'll have audio-only commentary with James Allen, Allan McNish and Jennie Gow will be available via the link at the top of the page at 12:55 BST. They'll also be on BBC Radio 5 live for the final part of qualifying at approx 13:50.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis Hamilton was a massive 0.6secs slower than team-mate Nico Rosberg in final practice, despite the German running a little wide at Turn 12 on the entry to the stadium and having a little wobble as he committed to the entry to the penultimate corner.

    But Mercedes say the gap is not representative. Hamilton was complaining of a vibration that set of super-soft tyres and they expect the usual close battle in qualifying."

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    Felipe Massa leads from team-mate Fernando Alonso at the 2010 German Grand Prix

    Last time out at Silverstone, Ferrari extended their record-setting points streak to 76 races in a row, a run that began when Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished 1-2 at Hockenheim in 2010 (pictured).

    You'll remember the race. It was the one where Ferrari told Massa to move over for Alonso. The team were handed a $100,000 fine while a ban on team orders was introduced.


    Hamilton / Rosberg pole stat

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    So who is your tip for pole position?

    I think Hamilton will be closer to Rosberg, but he won't quite have enough to stop the German taking pole on home soil. I expect the Red Bulls to lock out the second row behind the Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas popping up in fifth.

    Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only).

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    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "Rosberg did a very good lap in third practice. Hamilton will have to work hard to get him around here.

    "After that, the scrap between Alonso, the two Williams and the two Red Bulls is going to be very tight.

    "I would expect Bottas and Massa to be in it and the two Red Bulls to be much further up than they are."

  78. Post update

    So qualifying kicks off at 13:00 BST. It'll be split into three sections as usual, with six drivers getting knocked out in the first, another six in the second and that leaves 10 to fight it out for pole position.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Lotus have been having a difficult season, and things have not improved in Germany this weekend. Both Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are at the wrong end of the timesheets and the team are struggling for pace. The obvious assumption was that this was to do with the team removing their front-rear interconnect suspension - after all, they have been running it longer than anyone.

    "But deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi said that was not the case. He added that the team were determined to get back to their more traditional place toward the front of the grid next season and said they were 'planning to have the same drivers, that's for sure.' Whether the drivers feel the same way remains to be seen."

  80. Post update

    Nico Rosberg signs new Mercedes deal

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg: What a week!! I got married, Germany won and I signed a new contract with Mercedes! Just need to win my home GP now;)

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    Nico Rosberg

    However, Rosberg has had the edge over Hamilton so far this weekend, in front of his home fans. In final practice earlier today, the German finished a massive six tenths of a second ahead of Hamilton. That sets him up nicely for qualifying later today.

  82. Post update

    Before his triumph at Silverstone, Hamilton hadn't beaten team-mate Rosberg since the Spanish Grand Prix in May. But finally, the luck went his way as Rosberg - who had finished the first eight races in the top two - suffered his first retirement. That allowed Hamilton to slash the deficit from 29 points to four.

  83. Post update

    We arrive in Germany with Lewis Hamilton just four points behind Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg in the drivers' standings after winning the British Grand Prix for only the second time in his career.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "It's truly scorchio here today and tyre supplier Pirelli says it is expecting track temperatures of 60C in qualifying. This makes life very challenging for the drivers, as Mercedes' Nico Rosberg explained after practice on Friday, when temperatures were a couple of degrees down on that.

    "'The ground was 58C and we're sitting on the ground,' the German said. 'My butt is on the floor of the car so it's as if I was sitting on 58C floor. It gets massively hot here.'"

  85. Post update

    Afternoon all and welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, situated in the Rhine Valley. The circuit is short, sweet and almost completely flat.

  86. Post update

    Those in the Hockenheim grandstands should grab the sun cream, put on their sunglasses and kick back with a refreshing drink because the F1 paddock is "Feeling hot, hot, hot".

    If you're in the UK, I'd suggest staying inside, with this live text commentary on your mobile, tablet or computer, because if you head outside, you will get wet. Very wet.

  87. Post update

    I'm off to stretch my legs and give my fingers a rest, but fear not, I'll be back at 12:00 to begin building up to qualifying for the German Grand Prix.

    In the meantime, why not read Andrew Benson's third practice report or watch Allan McNish's guide to how to drive the best lap at Hockenheim.

    See you in a bit.



    Scott Moyse: I wonder who is going to be saying, 'Oh for Fric's sake' at the end of qualy today?

    Scott Kirby: The Ferrari is still awful and @alo_oficial is driving the nuts off it and is by far the best driver on the grid.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has never made it onto the podium in his home country and has a disappointing best finish of eighth at Hockenheim.

    But based on the speed of his car and his form so far this weekend, that stat will likely be consigned to the rubbish tip.

  90. Post update

    Practice is over. Now it's time to get down to business.

    Qualifying for the German Grand Prix is almost upon us. The session starts at 13:00 BST with live text commentary kicking off at 12:00. Online-only audio coverage kicks off at 12:55.

  91. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg currently have four pole positions apiece so far this season. Who will be the first to get to five?

  92. Post update

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "Nico Rosberg did a very good lap and Lewis Hamilton will have to work hard to get him in qualifying."


    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Alonso 4) Massa 5) Bottas 6) Magnussen 7) Ricciardo 8) Raikkonen 9) Vettel 10) Hulkenberg 11) Kvyat

    12) Vergne 13) Button 14) Perez 15) Gutierrez 16) Grosjean 17) Bianchi 18) Maldonado 19) Sutil 20) Kobayashi 21) Ericsson 22) Chilton


    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg finishes quickest in third and final practice for the German Grand Prix.

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Interesting what's going on here. Rosberg's lap was really impressive. Hamilton didn't sound like he knew why he was sixth tenths off [Rosberg] there. Six tenths is a lot."

  96. Post update

    Mercedes tell Lewis Hamilton that he is losing time on braking into Turns Six and Eight.

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    Disappointing from Lewis Hamilton, who gives away a massive six tenths of a second to Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to go second.

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    Felipe Massa goes third quickest in the Williams, eight tenths off the pace with team-mate Valtteri Bottas slotting into fourth.

    However, Bottas made a mistake at Turn Eight, the rear end stepping out so the Finn should have been closer to Fernando Alonso's second fastest time.

  99. Post update

    Nico Rosberg smashes that time set by Fernando Alonso, the Mercedes driver getting down into the high 1m17s, six tenths faster than the Spaniard.

  100. Post update

    Fernando Alonso goes quickest on the super-soft tyres, the Ferrari clocking a 1:18.384, half a second faster than the time his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen managed earlier in this session.

  101. Post update

    Caterham's Marcus Ericsson will not do a qualifying-simulation run as his car has a hydraulics issue. It's problem after problem for that team at the moment.

  102. Post update

    The track has fallen silent as teams prepare the cars for the qualifying-simulation runs. The times should start tumbling shortly. Super-soft tyres will be the order of the day.

  103. Post update

    Marussia report that Max Chilton's next run has been delayed by an electronic glitch. The Briton is currently 22nd and last, 1.7 seconds off the pace set by team-mate Jules Bianchi, who is 19th.

  104. Post update

    Mercedes boss Niki Lauda

    Mercedes: He tried the cap in Canada, now Niki has stolen @LewisHamilton's bling! #PimpMyNiki

  105. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen climbs out of the car before the mechanics hoist the Ferrari up onto the jacks. His session could be over as they look to sort his fuel system problem.

    It seems the Finn went out on high fuel, because of the issue, and that would explain why the lap wasn't that impressive.

  106. FAST FACT

    Eddie Irvine wins 1999 German Grand Prix

    Qualifying is super important at Hockenheim, even if overtaking is possible, if the stats are anything to go by. Only three times has the winner come from lower down the grid than the front row since 1987.

    Eddie Irvine (pictured) won from fifth in 1999, Rubens Barrichello triumphed from way down in 18th in 2000 while Fernando Alonso took victory from third in 2005.

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    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    rippled rear wing on lower flap on the McLaren

    You can see here the rippled rear wing - lower flap on the McLaren.

  108. Post update

    Kimi Raikkonen is the first driver to bolt on a set of super-soft for his qualifying-simulation run. The Finn clocks a 1:18.842 to go quickest, one second quicker than he managed on the soft tyre. There's more in that Ferrari as Raikkonen lost time in the middle sector.

  109. SPIN!

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso spins down at Turn Eight, on a used set of tyres. He locked up the left-front and ran wide onto the dirty part of the circuit. That unsettled the car and the rear stepped out, sending the Spaniard round. He keeps the engine running and is soon back on his way.

  110. Post update

    Mercedes: Both cars come back in for more setup adjustments and a change of the soft tyres. Timings in this session not representative for now!

  111. Post update

    The temperature is rising out there, with the track temperature now up to 43C. It's got some way to reach yesterday's high of 58 but if conditions remain like this, that figure could be beaten come qualifying this afternoon.

  112. Post update

    Lots of drivers running wide at Turn One, Esteban Gutierrez and Sebastian Vettel have been off-roading there, as have Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean.

  113. Post update

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen's race engineer: "We need to come in." Raikkonen replies: "Why?" His engineer says: There is a problem on the fuel system."

    Yesterday it was a water pump issue, today, it's the fuel system.

  114. Post update

    Allan McNish

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst

    "When you cut holes in to bodywork, you lose downforce. Designers hate it."

  115. FAST FACT

    David Coulthard on podium at the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix

    Every time Lewis Hamilton has finished a race this season - seven out of nine - he's made it on the podium.

    His appearance came last time out at Silverstone which took his all-time podium tally to 61, just one away from David Coulthard's (pictured here in a cape in Monaco) haul of 62 - which is a British record.

  116. Post update

    It's a Williams one-two with Valtteri Bottas' 1:19.259 enough to put him top of the pile, four tenths of a second quicker than team-mate Felipe Massa.

    Kevin Magnussen is third, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sergio Perez.

  117. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter


    Change of role for @NicoHulkenberg today.

  118. Post update

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "McLaren have been striving hard to improve their car this summer after a poor start to the season, and have managed to bring to this race an update they had originally planned for next weekend in Hungary. Kevin Magnussen ran a new rear wing on Friday which features a unique serrated edge on the trailing edge of the main plane and the front edge of the flap.

    "The Dane was fifth quickest in second practice and pronounced himself 'pretty happy' with the car, adding: 'I think we're looking OK.' Jenson Button gets his own first experience of the wing on Saturday - his was not ready for Friday. And he was less happy, saying McLaren were 'finding it tough out there'.

    "Button admitted the list of fastest times did not look too bad for McLaren, but added: 'Our long runs are not looking that special - a lot of cars are quicker than us. It's very different to Silverstone. We're overheating the tyres quite a lot on traction.' He wasn't joking either - McLaren were a second down on Force India on long-run averages."



    Steve Butler: If all drivers saying the removal of Fric makes no difference why did they all have it?

    Byron FOXX Mubaiwa:‏ If Fric has been developed over years, why not taper it off over the rest of the season in lieu of dropping it rapidly?

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    With regards the heat, James Allen and Allan McNish discuss how we will see drivers pulling out of the slipstream and trying not to follow the car in front too closely during the race if the conditions remain this hot.

    Reliability could be a huge factor tomorrow. However, the teams will be pleased forecasts suggest cooler conditions are on the cards for the race. Less pleased at the chance of rain, though...

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "They are going to be cutting some holes in the bodywork this weekend in this heat."

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    Soft tyres are the order of the day in the early part of the session. They're the prime tyre this weekend, with the super-softs the option. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel heads out for a spin in the Red Bull in front of his home crowd, along with compatriot Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes.

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    There's a tense moment in the pits when Felipe Massa and Jean-Eric Vergne are given the all clear to leave the garage within seconds of each other, reports BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow. As their garages are next door, they get a bit too close to comfort, with Felipe Massa shaking his head in disgust.

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    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Fri was a fine, hot day. Hotter still on Sat. Potential arrival of storms into race window Sun.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Most drivers said they felt that the decision to remove the clever front-rear interconnected suspension systems - which help create a stable aerodynamic platform - following a note to all the teams by the governing body questioning their legality had made little difference to their cars. That was not the case at Mercedes, though. Nico Rosberg said: 'There are some new challenges to re-balance the car and figure my way out to get happy in the car.'

    "Hamilton played down the effect, but still admitted: 'Set-up is in a different direction because everyone's made some changes but it's still good fun to drive.' Can Red Bull challenge them? Sebastian Vettel did not sound convinced. 'I don't think it makes a big difference for us,' he said. 'Maybe more for some other people. In dry conditions I think it will be difficult to match the Mercedes.'"

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    The pit lane doors have been opened. Let the session begin.

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    Nico Rosberg completes his morning kick-about, around the back of the Mercedes garage and then heads in to get ready for practice. He would have got a decent score in BBC Radio 5 live's Copa-Uppy challenge, I reckon.

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    New wing for Button's car

    McLaren: The crinkle-cut wing has also been fitted to @JensonButton's car - but it looks like somebody's lost the crimpers!

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    So third and final practice starts at 10:00 BST. We're have online-only audio commentary from 09:55 with the drivers using the time to refine their set-up for qualifying and then tomorrow's race. And for those of you expecting qualifying on 5 live later, they will now only broadcast the final 10 minutes. But fear not, as here online we will have uninterrupted commentary from the team.

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    Kamui Kobayashi

    I'm grateful to Caterham for mentioning fire fighting because it gives me the opportunity to use this cracker of a picture. Kamui Kobayashi, a fire extinguisher and some very cold gravel.

    The Japanese's Caterham caught fire, forcing him out of the session. The team have worked hard overnight to fix the car and ensure Kobayashi can get out for third practice.

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    Caterham: Saturday is due to be another scorcher (hopefully just weather-wise today. We've had enough fire fighting practice for one weekend)

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    As Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton mentioned below, yesterday was an absolute scorcher in Germany and it looks to set to be similarly hot today with barely a cloud in the sky.


    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas: Lot of things still to be improved for tomorrow. Car balance fix and few things from my side and we'll be close to the top again! #F1 #77

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: Pretty good day today. It was quite difficult to find the balance with the track being so hot!‏

    Lewis Hamilton during Friday practice

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: 54 degree asphalt on the free practice!! #warm


    So Lewis Hamilton finished top of the pile on Friday, edging his team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.024secs. Red Bull were Mercedes's nearest challengers, with Daniel Ricciardo one tenth off the pace, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth in the Ferrari. You can read the report here. Or watch highlights here.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "The Formula 1 season reaches its halfway point in Germany this weekend and there is just a hint that change might be in the air. It's very early to draw any definitive conclusions, but Red Bull were much closer to Mercedes than normal on Friday - within 0.1 seconds in qualifying trim and pretty much identical in race trim.

    "Yes, Hockenheim is a shorter circuit than most and the gaps are always smaller here, but following what amounts to a rule change that has forced nearly all the teams to change their cars, it's possible some of Mercedes' advantage has been eroded. Whether that is really the case will become clearer in the course of Saturday."

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    Fernando Alonso

    It's qualifying day, folks! A time when drivers must get everything right when it matters to nail the perfect lap. Today, they must master Hockenheim, home to this year's German Grand Prix.

    But before we get to the good stuff, there's one hour of practice to look forward to - and that starts in just 27 minutes.

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    Tension. There's been plenty of it in the Mercedes garage all-season long and it shows now signs of abating following a pit lane incident between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in Friday practice.

    Hamilton made an unscheduled trip into the pits, catching the team unaware. Team-mate Rosberg, who was due to pit, came in at the same time. The German was forced to wait, causing his brakes to overheat.

    "My dear team-mate decided to box without any warning so that put us all into a bit of a mess," said Rosberg. "It's not for me to discuss that and anyway it didn't hamper my programme, it was just a bit of a longer wait and that's it."