Renault report from Hockenheim qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo best placed Renault powered driver

Daniel Ricciardo best placed Renault powered driver

Three Renault-powered cars will start in the top ten for tomorrow’s German Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo was the highest classified Renault driver, putting his Infiniti Red Bull Racing into fifth overall ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat again had an impressive performance to capture eighth overall.

Q1: Qualifying started in extremely hot, sultry conditions with ambient temperatures in the mid 30s and track temperature a huge 57°C. The session was briefly red flagged when Lewis Hamilton suffered a brake failure through the Stadium section and ran into the barriers. The Briton was unhurt but would play no further role in the session. Eliminated in Q1 were Sutil, Bianchi, Pastor Maldonado, Kamui Kobayashi, Chilton and Marcus Ericsson. The Caterham driver did not set a time due to a hydraulic leak.

Q2: The start of Q2 was slightly delayed as a result of removing Hamilton’s car from the Stadium gravel trap. Button, Raikkonen, Jean-Eric Vergne, Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean did not make the cut for the final session. Gutierrez will however drop three places due to his post-British GP penalty. Lewis Hamilton therefore starts 15th.

Q3: Nico Rosberg seized pole position early on in the session and was never headed. His closest challenge came from the two Williams, who will line up with Bottas in second and Massa in third. Magnussen was able to snatch fourth away from Daniel Ricciardo, who starts fifth.

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