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
SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.
Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.
Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.
Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.
With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.
Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.
Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.
GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.