Nico Hulkenberg showed little respect to countryman Michael Schumacher on home soil at Hockenheim, pulling a late lap out of the bag for Williams
and dropping the sport's elder statesman out of qualifying at the second stage.
Having languished outside the all-important top ten for much of the 15-minute session, both Schumacher and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg
broke into the qualifying group with just a minute to run but, where Rosberg remained alive, Hulkenberg produced a final flying effort that lifted him to ninth and pushed Schumacher back to eleventh. Just 0.008secs separated the seven-time champion from Rosberg, with Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi
a further 0.058secs adrift having also been pushed out of the top ten shoot-out.
Vitaly Petrov, Adrian Sutil, Pedro de la Rosa
and Toro Rosso
twins Jaime Alguersuari
and Sebastien Buemi
joined Schumacher and Kobayashi in the drop zone.
Once again, the pace was set by Fernando Alonso, who headed Red Bull
team-mates Sebastian Vettel
and Mark Webber
by around two-tenths, while Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button
and Robert Kubica
also made it through to the pole position shoot-out.