Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were able to reward what team boss Stefano Domenicali called 'incredible effort' from the whole Ferrari team by qualifying inside the top three at Hockenheim,

Alonso looked well set to clinch his first pole position in red after leading the way during the first two parts of qualifying although he fell just short of claiming pole after being outpaced by Sebastian Vettel by just 0.002secs in Q3.

Despite that, Alonso was able to qualify on the front row of the grid for the first time this season and said it was important for the team to now fight for victory on race day.

"I am happy to be back on the front row after such a long time!" he said. "We have been competitive all weekend, so this result is not a surprise: although perhaps the small gap to the Red Bull is, given that so far, even when we were close in free practice, or in Q1 and Q2, then in Q3, they always seemed to have that little bit extra.

"For a few races now, the F10 has improved a lot and that has finally led to us being in the fight for pole position. We have had a good Saturday, but now we have to do the same again on Sunday, as the points are only given out tomorrow. We will give it our all in trying to win, because looking at the classification, we need to bring home as many points as possible."

Team-mate Massa secured his best qualifying performance since the season opener in Bahrain to take third on the grid with the Brazilian now hopeful of ending his disappointing run of form in recent races.

"I am pleased with this third place, as it means I am in a good position for the start of the race," Massa, who hasn't scored since the Turkish Grand Prix, said. "It gives us a chance to score a lot of points for the team and that is our objective for tomorrow, as we have lost too many in recent races! Therefore, we hope that the negative run that dates back to Canada will end here in Germany.

"The gap between my time and that of the first two is due mainly to the fact that I never managed to produce a perfect lap on my last run. Tomorrow, we will do our best: yesterday, we saw that our race pace is competitive and we will try to make the most of that. On this track, with so many slow corners and where it is important to have a car that is good under braking, the F10 seems to be working very well."

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