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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. See you tomorrow

    That's all for today. We're back at 12:30 BST on Sunday for all the build-up to the race with lights out at 14:10 BST.

    Thanks as always for joining us and for all your comments. Back again tomorrow?

    In the meantime, here's a few things to have a look out for...

  2. 'Very painful'

    Some quotes from Sebastian Vettel, consigned to the back tomorrow, who says he is "very bitter".

    He adds: "I think the car is great. Lost out on a big chance but hopefully we’ll have a big one coming again tomorrow.

    “It’s very painful here obviously. I was looking forward to having fun. Now we start last, it would have been nice to start first. I think the car has it.”

  3. Hamilton on pole as both Ferraris break down - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer


    Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen to pole position at the German Grand Prix as Ferrari's challenge faltered because of technical problems.

    Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc had looked favourite for pole position but was unable to take part in the top 10 shoot-out. And team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start last after a turbo problem in the first part of qualifying meant he failed to set a time and will start last on the grid for Sunday's race.

    Hamilton took pole by 0.346 seconds, with only 0.022secs separating Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Pierre Gasly.

    It was a superb performance by Hamilton, who has been ill this weekend at Hockenheim.

    "Lewis, you never fail to amaze us," team boss Toto Wolff said to him over the radio after the session.

    Hamilton said: "The car has been feeling good, but the Ferraris have been on another level. If Leclerc had been there, it would definitely have been close between us."

  4. Get Involved

    Your reaction to qualifying #bbcf1

    Ben Wire: Ferrari need to lock themselves in a room, work all sorts of things out, then get ready for the next race.

    Stephen Taylor: Well done Hamilton Ferrari have had a shocker of qualifying session . You can't win anything without reliability. Well done Kimi on an awesome P5.

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Hamilton never ceases to amaze. Toto is point on that. But Mercedes too know how to make use of engine power when it matters most.

    Jaysarn: Feel sorry for Vettel and the team, but luck. No. F1 is about building a fast car that doesn't break. Getting fast drivers that make as few mistakes as possible and delivering when and where it matters. Luck comes a clear second to all that.

  5. Hamilton's record in Germany

    This is the third time Hamilton has got himself on to his pole at the German Grand Prix. In 2008 at Hockenheim, when with McLaren, he went on to win but in 2013 at Nurburgring he came fifth, with Sebastian Vettel winning that one.

    Overall, Hamilton has won four times in this race - 2008 and 2011 with McLaren and 2016 and 2018 with Mercedes.

  6. How they start

    If there are no grid penalties, then this is how we will start tomorrow.

    1. Hamilton (Mercedes)
    2. Verstappen (Red Bull)
    3. Bottas (Mercedes)
    4. Gasly (Red Bull)
    5. Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
    6. Grosjean (Haas)
    7. Sainz (McLaren)
    8. Perez (Racing Point)
    9. Hulkenberg (Renault)
    10. Leclerc (Ferrari)
    11. Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
    12. Magnussen (Haas)
    13. Ricciardo (Renault)
    14. Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
    15. Stroll (Racing Point)
    16. Norris (McLaren)
    17. Albon (Toro Rosso)
    18. Russell (Williams)
    19. Kubica (Williams)
    20. Vettel (Ferrari)
  7. 'We can still score points'

    Reaction from Charles Leclerc on his Instagram account: "I feel for the whole team. But the points are scored on a Sunday and I will give absolutely everything to make everyone smile again tomorrow. It is going to be a fun race."

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  8. Ferrari have an illness - Wolff

    Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff tells Sky Sports: "It is a shame for Ferrari and for Sebastian at his home GP.

    "Ferrari have an illness that they need to cure and we need them so we can have a competitive championship.

    "We do not know why we started to lack pace at the start. But Lewis put in an incredible lap and also Valtteri has a great chance in the race."

  9. Rain for tomorrow?

    This is the latest forecast for tomorrow. The race starts at 15:10 local time, but there's a good chance the track will already be wet before we start.

  10. We will be trying to understand what happened - Leclerc

    Charles Leclerc, who will start from 10th said: "I have no idea if it was the same issue as Sebastian, but mine was a fuel system problem.

    "It is a shame but we will be trying to understand what happened and not to reproduce it. The car felt great today and all weekend so it's a shame it ended like this."

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    Hamilton on pole/Ferrari nightmare #bbcf1

    Fish Hailu: He delivers when it matters! Spot on strategy from Mercedes and unbelievable execution from their man Lewis Hamilton

    PhilSlocombe: Lewis continues to prove that he is the qualifying GOAT.

    Chau Cheong: Has Red Bull got more fighting spirit or better mechanics than Ferrari? Red Bull can always keep the car going even their cars has problems but Ferrari just couldn't.

    Lewis Hamilton
  12. 'Bit disappointed'

    It's a third-place start for Valtteri Bottas, who says: "The weather is going to play a big part, bit disappointed with qualifying and I just struggled.

    "We need to check everything is alright but we race tomorrow. Ferrari have been extremely quick and we knew it would be difficult to beat them but I don't know what their issue was."

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  13. Good to be on the front row - Verstappen

    Max Verstappen, who will start from second on the grid, says: "I started quite conservative in Q1, and in Q3 was losing a bit of grip, but great to see so many Dutch fans here.

    "Good to be on the front row and we will see what happens tomorrow. We could have got on pole but went wide at turn 8 - but, like I said, it was a good result."

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  14. 'Spot on'

    Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton says: "I don't really know how we did it, I'm not sure what happened to the Ferraris. It's a second home race and with our 125th anniversary, incredible to celebrate in this way.

    "The Ferraris have been really fast all weekend, our cars have been feeling good, but the Ferraris were on another level.

    "But the times were good at the end. Every time we come here it's just getting faster and it's a real challenge. My first lap was spot on."

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    Hamilton on pole/Ferrari nightmare #bbcf1

    tweetSport: Inevitabilities in life...death, taxes and Ferrari shooting themselves in the foot.

    Kuntal: Ferrari is a joke of a team now. Performance and reliability, both missing for a long time.

    Capo: There's something ominously destructive at Ferrari, their chances of victory always turn out sour.

    Barry Thain: I can lend Ferrari some gaffer tape and WD40 if it helps.

    Charles Leclerc
  16. Post update

    Those Ferrari problems are apparently a fuel issue for Charles Leclerc (10th) and a turbo problem for Sebastian Vettel (20th).

  17. Red Bull will be delighted

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    Verstappen could still be a threat to the Mercedes.

    But a great job by Gasly to get fourth too - Red Bull will be delighted.

    Dutch fans