Germany maintained their run of top five grid positions in qualifying for the fifth round of the A1 Grand Prix Championship, even if third for Niko Hulkenberg meant he was unable to deliver the team their first pole position in the series.

With two wins under their belt, Germany currently have a comfortable lead at the top of the standings but are yet to have triumphed in qualifying this season, despite Hulkenberg having qualified inside the top five in the five meetings so far.

Indeed, it did look as though Germany would be celebrating pole after the first three segments of qualifying, only for New Zealand and Great Britain to usurp them at the final time of asking, slipping them to third as a result.

Hulkenberg himself blamed a mistake in their set-up for failing to capture that elusive pole position, but was nonetheless confident he could convert that into victory come race day.

"Third place is okay because that means I've got extremely good chances for the two races on Sunday. On new tyres the first trial went very well. In the second attempt we used the same tytes and therefore were a bit slower.

"For the third outing, which I again started on new tyres, we changed the set-up a little, but unfortunately that was a mistake. So we chose the riginal set-up for the fourth run and used a new set of tyres. Unfortunately, I made a driving mistake which is why I merely set the fourth-best time in this segment."



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