Lewis Hamilton beat home hero Sebastian Vettel by just one-tenth of a second to take the 29th pole position of his career. The British driver who suffered all weekend from oversteer problems lapped his W04 round Nurburgring in 1:29.398 to edge out Vettel's lap time of 1:29.501.
"It's really overwhelming because I've been really struggling in P2, P3. I wasn't comfortable with the car at all," said an elated Hamilton.
It was clear from the three practice sessions that it will be a straight fight between Mercedes and Red Bull for pole position and that's how it turned out to be. In the end, it was Lewis Hamilton who got the edge over the two Red Bulls for a second consecutive weekend.
Mark Webber looked set to beat his teammate Sebastian Vettel for P2 until Fernando Alonso came in his way in sector 3 and the Aussie had to settle for third. After a poor qualifying session at Silverstone last week, Lotus were back in form with Raikkonen and Grosjean qualifying in fourth and fifth place respectively. The Lotus duo was separated by mere 500 hundredths of a second.
Daniel Riccardo resumed where he left in Silverstone by posting the sixth fastest time in Q3 - 1:30.528. The fact that the second seat at Red Bull in vacant for 2014 season has certainly acted as a motivation for the 24 year old.
Meanwhile, Felipe Massa beat his teammate Fernando Alonso for 7th spot on the grid. Interestingly, Both the Ferraris completed Q3 on a set of prime tyres and according to the rules will start the race from the same tyres.
Jenson Button will start the race from 9th ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who hinted yesterday that Sauber had the pace to fight for Q3.
Nico Rosberg had a disappointing afternoon after Mercedes got their calculations wrong. The German driver completed only one run in Q2 and was fourth fastest at that stage but with the track ever improving, that fourth place turned into 11th by the end of the session.
Force India failed to show the one lap pace with which they got both their cars into Q3 in Britain. Their drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil were only 12th and 15th fastest today at Nurburgring.
Meanwhile, Jean Eric Vergne qualified in 16th place, 10 places behind his teammate Daniel Riccardo. The two Williams joined the Caterhams and the Marussias in the bottom six.