GERMAN GP QUALIFYING


Follow qualifying for the German Grand Prix right here, as it happens.

The track is dry with heavy cloud cover
Live updates will appear here:
Conditions – Air temp: 21C degrees/Track temp: 31C degrees.

Robert Doornbos: Minardi debutant has been very impressive all weekend and looks smooth on his first ever F1 qualifying lap. Slower than this morning’s 1m16.9s with a 1m18.313s.

Narain Karthikeyan: Jordan driver way off the track at the first corner, then makes a similar mistake at the switch-back at sector two. The Indian driver so unhappy with his lap that he aborts and comes back into the pits.

Christijan Albers: Quickest through the first sector just over his team-mate Doornbos. Makes a good second sector as well and the Minardi team leader goes 0.8s faster than the new boy. 1m18.313s.

Tiago Monteiro: The Portuguese driver believes he has an engine problem. Jordan driver can’t get the car to work properly and goes slowest. The Jordans look likely to fill the back row of the grid. 1m18.599s.

Takuma Sato: The Japanese driver is already 0.8s up on the competition. The BAR-Honda badly needs a good result this weekend but faces a tough task qualifying so early. Rear-end quite twicthy and manages a 1m15.501s. That is about 1.3s slower than the expected pace.

First break

Christian Klien: Michelin runners have needed two or three laps to get temperature in the tyres. What can the Austrian do? Not as quick as Sato through sector one. But he is impressive through S2 and looks faster. Just loses out at the last corner to go second – 1m15.635s.

Jacques Villeneuve: Not as quick as top two through sector one. Not quite there at S2 either and is now 0.1s off Klien. How much fuel has the Canadian got in? Peter Sauber shaking his head. JV goes third quickest. 1m16.012s.

David Coulthard: The Scot puts in a so-so first sector, but the Red Bull seems to be working well. DC goes quickest of all in S2 and is looking good. Again he loses out in the last corner and drops behind Klien to go third. 1m15.679s.

Nick Heidfeld: The German and his team-mate Mark Webber have been struggling for pace. Not able to match Sato in S1, but goes quicker in the middle of the lap. The Williams driver goes fastest, but judging by weekend pace, it could be low fuelled.

Mark Webber: Can he outpace Heidfeld? Goes quickest of all in the first sector and the Aussie is on it. Car looks pointy and direct and Mark is all over the car. Maintains his advantage through S2 and looking good. Goes fastest by 0.3s lap and gunning for grid position. Excellent lap from Mark – 1m15.070s.

Second break

Felipe Massa: The Brazilian 0.3s slower than Webber in the first sector. Looks like maybe both Saubers are heavy on fuel. Maintains his pace with a good S2 but makes a mistake at the hairpin. Goes quicker than team-mate JV by 0.003s! 1m16.009s.

Jarno Trulli: The Italian has not matched Webber in S1 and the Toyota driver can’t do it S2 either. Unusual for Trulli not to be quicker. Only fourth fastest behind Sato and the two Williams which is a surprise. 1m15.532s. Perhaps long on fuel.

Ralf Schumacher: The German who has won this race before. Bit slower than his team-mate Trulli all through the lap. Only goes seventh. Doesn’t look like he is running light. 1m15.689s.

Rubens Barrichello: The Brazilian is a tenth slower in the first sector. Not looking like Ferrari has found the answer for qualifying and goes slow in S2. The car looks very out of shape and he goes tenth fastest!! Only 1.3s faster than the Minardis. He is believed to be heavy-fuelled. 1m16.230s.

Michael Schumacher: The world champion puts in a competitive first sector. Michael is on softer tyres than Rubens and fastest of all in the second sector. He badly wants to do well at home. A brilliant lap puts him fastest and the fans go wild. 1m15.006s looks likely to be beaten however.

Third break

Jenson Button: The British ace doesn’t think he can compete with McLarens and Renaults but can he put it on the front row? Very quick through S1. As usual silky smooth and goes 0.3s faster than Schu. He looks fantastic and the BAR is on the edge. Good effort puts him quickest. 1m14.759s.

Giancarlo Fisichella: The Italian is another who needs a troublefree run this weekend. Super-quick through S1 to go quickest of all so far. This technical track suits his style. Not as good a middle sector and suggests he is carrying more fuel as he goes second fastest. 1m14.927s.

Kimi Raikkonen: Finally got a chance to qualify at the sharp end. Sensational lap so far with fastest S1 time. His lap looks inch perfect. Quicker again in S2 but gets wide twice in the final corners. Blinding lap time in the end though – 1m14.320s puts him quickest.

Fernando Alonso: Points leader 0.3s off Raikkonen’s pace. Can’t match the McLaren’s pace. Now he is half a second slower after S2. Button could end up beating him. The Spaniard ends up dropping behind the BAR driver for third. 1m14.904s.

Juan Pablo Montoya: Can he get pole? Seems to have wisps of smoke coming out the back of his car. Fastest of all through S1. Lost a little bit of time through S2. Pushing so hard through S3 to beat his team-mate. Gets it completely wrong in the final corner and hits the wall. Montoya is okay but his race chances are ruined.

Raikkonen on pole with Button on the front row for the second race running.

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