German GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) has achieved his third pole position of this season by using Bridgestone's medium compound Potenza to go fastest in qualifying at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, round ten of the FIA Formula One...

Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) has achieved his third pole position of this season by using Bridgestone's medium compound Potenza to go fastest in qualifying at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, round ten of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Hamilton was quickest by almost two tenths of a second with a lap time of 1min 15.666secs. This time was set in a dry qualifying session, although there was a very brief shower immediately before it began. Second fastest today was Felipe Massa (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro), whilst Heikki Kovalainen (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) and Jarno Trulli (Panasonic Toyota Racing) set the third and fourth fastest times.

Fernando Alonso (ING Renault F1 Team) went fifth quickest and Kimi Raikkonen (Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro) was sixth. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber F1 Team) and Mark Webber (Red Bull Racing) went seventh and eighth fastest whilst Sebastian Vettel (Scuderia Toro Rosso) and David Coulthard (Red Bull Racing) were the final two drivers to qualify in the top ten.

In the morning practice session Kovalainen topped the times with a 1min 15.621secs lap, set on the medium compound. Kovalainen was seven hundredths faster than Massa, with Hamilton the third quickest. Weather conditions were also dry for this session. Today's fastest lap time, a 1min 14.603secs, was set by Hamilton using the medium compound in Q2.

Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development, said:

"We have an interesting line-up in the top ten from today's qualifying and tomorrow's race should be fascinating in terms of tyre strategy from the data we have seen from the last two days and from last week's test. Track conditions this afternoon were better than yesterday and this morning. The medium compound appears to be quicker by around 2-3 tenths of a second, even when the cars are running with heavy fuel loads. The difficulty in Hockenheim for the race is likely to be the weather as it has varied considerably since we have been here. In terms of tyre strategy, we should see some variation tomorrow depending on how long competitors can maintain the speed advantage of the medium tyre."

Stats of the Day
Total amount of laps completed by all drivers: 727 laps
Average number of laps per driver: 36 laps
Most laps by a driver: 46 - Vettel / Trulli
Fastest lap: 1min 14.603 secs - Hamilton (Q2)
Compounds used: Hard / Medium

German Grand Prix in 2006

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Michael Schumacher won the 2006 German Grand Prix, beating team-mate Felipe Massa across the line by 0.7 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren Mercedes) took third position.

-credit: bridgestone

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Michael Schumacher , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Felipe Massa , Heikki Kovalainen , Robert Kubica , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso , Toyota Racing , Renault F1 Team