- Fifth pole of the season for championship leader
- Hamilton crashes out in Q1 due to front right brake failure
- Bottas second and pushes Rosberg close, with Massa third and Magnussen fourth
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Championship leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the German Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton crashed out of the first part of qualifying.
Hamilton suffered an apparent brake failure at the Turn 13 hairpin, which caused him to spin 360-degress and hit the tyre wall head-on. While the driver was OK, it ruled him out of the rest of the session and means he will start 15th on the grid in what is a boost for Rosberg's title hopes.
From the moment Hamilton crashed, Rosberg was never overly threatened and he posted a time of 1:16.540 on his first run in Q3 to take his fifth pole position of the season. He will start alongside Valtteri Bottas who improved on his final lap and was up on Rosberg through the first two sectors before finishing 0.219s shy of pole.
Felipe Massa starts third as Williams displayed the sort of pace that worried Mercedes in Austria, while Kevin Magnussen delivered an excellent final lap to take fourth place. It will be an all-Red Bull third row with Daniel Ricciardo again outqualifying Sebastian Vettel, with the latter a second slower than Rosberg.
Fernando Alonso will line-up seventh on the grid ahead of Daniil Kvyat and the Force India pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.
Hamilton was in good company as he officially dropped out in Q2, with fellow world champions Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen failing to make the cut and starting 11th and 12th respectively. A late lap from former team-mate Perez did the damage for Button, while Jean-Eric Vergne, Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean also dropped out.
Gutierrez will start from 17th place as a result of a three-place grid penalty incurred for causing a collision with Pastor Maldonado at Silverstone, which in turn promoted Grosjean, Hamilton and Adrian Sutil up a place.
Aside from the drama of Hamilton's crash in Q1, it was the usual suspects who dropped out in the opening session. Sutil will start his home grand prix from 16th as a result of Gutierrez's demotion, leaving the two Saubers to start ahead of an impressive Jules Bianchi who managed to outqualify Pastor Maldonado's Lotus.
Kamui Kobayashi and Max Chilton also failed to progress, while a hydraulic leak in FP3 proved too big for Caterham to fix and Marcus Ericsson was unable to take to the track in qualifying.