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
The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.
“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”
Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.
He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.
The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.
“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.
“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”
Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.
A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.