Lewis Hamilton denied local hero Sebastian Vettel a pole for Sunday’s German Grand Prix as he posted the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday.

The Mercedes driver recorded a time of one minute 29.398 seconds for the 5.148 kilometre-long Nuerburgring track, followed by Vettel, who was 0.103 seconds slower.

Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was third-fastest, followed by the Lotus duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

The two Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were seventh and eighth-fastest respectively.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was eliminated in the second qualifying session after a terrible blunder that saw him stay in the paddocks believing his time was fast enough to advance.

“The team underestimated how the track would develop and it did not work out. The tyres did not count in our advantage,” the German said.

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