Following an intense qualifying session at the Nurburgring yesterday, a period of relative clam came over the paddock on Saturday evening with just one change being made to the grid this morning.
Both Jenson Button and Nico Hulkenberg failed to set a time in Q3, allowing them a free choice of tire for the race later today. The top eight will start on the tire that they qualified on, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa opting for the prime (medium) tire. Otherwise, the frontrunners will all start on options.
The cars knocked out in Q1 and Q2 also get a free choice of starting tire.
Changes made to grid from qualifying
- Charles Pic has received a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Provisional grid for the German Grand Prix
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
3 Mark Webber Red Bull
4 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus
6 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
9 Jenson Button McLaren
10 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
12 Paul di Resta Force India
13 Sergio Perez McLaren
14 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber
15 Adrian Sutil Force India
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham
21 Max Chilton Marussia
22 Charles Pic Caterham
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.
MORE: Stage 14 overall Rally wrapup
MORE: Stage 13 wrapup
MORE: Stage 12 wrapup
MORE: Stage 11 wrapup
MORE: Stage 10 wrapup
MORE: Stage 9 cancelled due to weather, impassible course conditions
MORE: Stage 8 wrapup
MORE: Stage 7 wrapup
MORE: Stage 6 wrapup
MORE: Stage 5 wrapup
MORE: Stage 4 wrapup
MORE: Stage 3 wrapup
MORE: Stage 2 wrapup
MORE: Stage 1 wrapup