Fernando Alonso on pole at wet Hockenheim

Fernando Alonso took a second consecutive pole position

Fernando Alonso took a second consecutive pole position

Fernando Alonso will start Sunday’s German Grand Prix from pole position after proving the class of the field in a wet qualifying session at Hockenheim.

The Spaniard set the fastest two times at the end of Q3 to end the session 0.4s clear of Sebastian Vettel.

Alonso had been the only top runner to pit during the final segment, and appeared to benefit from running on a newer set of wet tyres in the closing minutes.

Mark Webber ended the running third fastest, but will lose five places on the grid thanks to a penalty for a gearbox change undertaken this morning.

Michael Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg, Pastor Maldonado, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen completed the top 10.

The result marks the first time all season that Button has out-qualified his McLaren team-mate Hamilton.

Felipe Massa (14th), Romain Grosjean (16th) and Nico Rosberg (17th) were among those to be eliminated in Q2. The first significant rain had arrived in the opening minutes of the second session, ensuring that the early laps set on intermediate tyres would largely determine the Q3 field.

Rosberg and Grosjean will both join Webber in losing five places on the grid after gearbox changes of their own.

Jean-Eric Vergne found himself eliminated in Q1 for the sixth time this season after Schumacher narrowly avoided disaster by edging the Frenchman on his final lap.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.073 1:38.521 1:40.621
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:16.393 1:38.309 1:41.026
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:16.500 1:39.382 1:41.496
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:16.686 1:38.010 1:42.459
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:16.271 1:39.467 1:43.501
6 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.181 1:38.731 1:43.950
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.507 1:38.659 1:44.113
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.221 1:37.365 1:44.186
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:16.352 1:39.703 1:44.889
10 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:15.693 1:39.729 1:45.811
11 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:16.516 1:39.789
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.726 1:39.933
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.481 1:39.985
14 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.265 1:40.212
15 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.685 1:40.574
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:16.426 1:40.752
17 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.988 1:41.551
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.741
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:17.620
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:18.531
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.220
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.291
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:19.912
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:20.230

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