After an eventful and weather-affected qualifying hour, Michael will start from the second row of the grid tomorrow for the German Grand Prix, with team-mate Nico qualifying in 17th place. Five Mercedes-powered cars will start in the top ten tomorrow for the German Grand Prix.
Michael qualified fourth on wets and will start third for the second consecutive race after Webber's gearbox penalty. "It was a very eventful qualifying today but the positive thing was that our car was fundamentally fast in both the dry, intermediate and wet parts of the session", said Ross Brawn. "Michael did an excellent job in Q2 and Q3; he was fourth fastest, will start P3, and could potentially have been even further up. But we can be satisfied with a second row start in such tricky conditions."
Nico was third fastest in the dry first qualifying session, where the top 17 were covered by less than one second. "Nico was the second fastest prime tyre runner in Q1, but when the rain came, he struggled to generate temperature in his intermediate tyres", Ross said. "In those conditions, once you lose tyre temperature you never get it back, so we certainly missed the window with him."
Tricky weather conditions with rain setting in presented drivers with some major challenges at Hockenheim. "The conditions were extremely difficult during the qualifying session today, probably the most challenging of this season so far", said Norbert Haug.
Michael coped well and posted a top four qualifying result for the sixth time in ten races. Nico suffered from a lack of grip owing to less-than-ideal tyre temperatures and has to start from a long way back. After the wet qualifying, the weather forecast predicts a dry race tomorrow."