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Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Felipe Massa

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc

Saturday 23rd July 2011

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Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc

Sat: Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Merc

Mark Webber claimed pole position for the German GP, edging out Lewis Hamilton, Seb Vettel and Fernando Alonso...

Red Bull:
Mark Webber: "The session went pretty well, with the exception of my run in Q2, which wasn't very smooth. The other sessions were good and the boys did a great job on the car; they've had some late nights in the lead up to the event, so they've recovered very well. I thought on my in-lap, 'if someone gets me, they deserve it', as I don't think I could have got much more out of it - it was my limit and a pretty good lap. It was very satisfying to see no one got me there at the end, it's quite an anxious wait for those thirty seconds. I will be in there pushing very hard tomorrow."

Sebastian Vettel: "It was tough session. I think we had a good recovery, as yesterday I didn't really find my way, but the car felt much better this morning. I think we could have been a bit quicker in qualifying here and there, but Mark did a good lap and I think we still have a good chance from third on the grid. It will be a long race and you never know what can happen with the weather here. Rain is forecast, but we don't know how much we will have and when. However, in the end it doesn't really matter, the most important thing is that we have a solid race and the target is to win, which is not impossible from third - it's the clean side of the track and we go from there. I'm looking forward to tomorrow - it doesn't happen too often that you have so many people coming here and supporting the German drivers, so I will make sure I enjoy the race tomorrow."

McLaren:
Lewis Hamilton: "First of all I want to say a huge congratulations to the whole team, who did a great job today. Everyone back at the factory and here at the circuit has been working massively hard, and that's the reason why the car was so quick today. I think we all underestimated how good the car would be, in fact.

"To split the Red Bulls and be ahead of the Ferraris is a fantastic effort by the team. We've got a big job ahead of us tomorrow, of course, but today I'm on a high: that lap was a real boost.

"I reckon today's qualifying session was one of my best ever, definitely my best this season. The car felt great, we had really good balance and I think it's one of the best laps I've done in the car. You're already on the limit in your first lap of Q3, and usually if you improve in the second run it's by a tenth; but today it was by four-tenths. I don't really know where I found the time, and to be honest I'm going to get a recording of the onboard footage and watch it back because I'd love to see it!"

Jenson Button: "My car felt pretty good this morning, but this afternoon during quali I couldn't find enough grip out there on either the Prime or the Option tyre. We'll look into it this evening to better understand what happened.

"However, Lewis drove a brilliant lap to be second on the grid - so congratulations to him. Actually, his pace is encouraging for me too, because it shows there's more speed in the car if only we can find it. Also, yesterday showed that our long-run pace is pretty good, so that's encouraging too.

"So, when you consider that I've had a rather troubled couple of days, I suppose P7 is a reasonable platform from which to try to score as many world championship points as possible during the race tomorrow.

"As always, here at the Nürburgring, there's a possibility of rain - and I've had success in changeable weather conditions this year. But, come rain or shine, I'll be approaching the race really positively."

Ferrari:
Fernando Alonso: "We are neither surprised nor disappointed, quite the contrary in fact. This grid is more or less what we could have expected, from what we had seen in free practice yesterday. We though the Red Bulls would be three or four tenths faster than us and that was the case and then even Hamilton went very well, especially in the first sector and got in between us. In fact, McLaren had so many new parts here and you could see they were working well. I am happy with my lap and with the result and anyway, this year we have seen that we have always gone better in the race than in qualifying. Let's see what the weather will do tomorrow, as rain is forecast. If it turned out to be dry, then we can claim to have a 25% chance of winning and a bit less if it rains, but only because so far, in the wet others have been better than us. Maybe tomorrow the situation could turn around, you never know. I am still aiming for the podium, but if the chance of a win comes along I won't need to be asked twice. Also at this track, we have seen the updates we have introduced helping to improve our performance, race after race. Clearly, we must take a further step forward if we want to be up there with the best."

Felipe Massa: "I can't claim to be completely happy with this qualifying, because some cars were faster than ours. That might not be surprising in the case of the Red Bulls, but it definitely is the case with Hamilton's McLaren. Tomorrow, we will aim to make our usual step forward in the race, but we know it won't be easy. Sure, if it had been ten degrees warmer, I would not have complained! Especially with the Medium tyre, we struggled a bit and that's why I used my first set of Softs right from Q1. At this track, tyre wear is very low, therefore it was not much of a penalty, not even in terms of the race. The big unknown for the race will be the weather: we have the maximum aerodynamic downforce possible, which should be a help if it does rain. In any case, in the wet it will be vital to make the most of any opportunities that come our way."

Mercedes GP:Nico Rosberg: "Sixth place is a good place to start tomorrow, and whether the conditions are wet or dry, I think we can have a good race from there. I'm happy with the set-up work that we have achieved this weekend and that the new parts are working which is really satisfying. We can see that we are going in the right direction. It should be an exciting race tomorrow and hopefully I can make up a couple of positions in front of all the German supporters."


Michael Schumacher: "We did not perform to expectations this afternoon and already this morning, the car was not the one I had in my hands up to the first run in P3. It felt like I was just sliding around out there and the balance wasn't great. We had a KERS problem this morning, which we thought explained the big gap to Nico, however in qualifying I was still nearly a second away and couldn't have matched his time, so we have to analyse deeply what could be the reason for it. Obviously then, I tried to push even harder to compensate which lead to a mistake in the last chicane on my last lap, probably costing me P8. We now have to see how we can improve for tomorrow, and I will certainly try to have a good start and a race as good as possible."

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