The meteorologists got it wrong again this Saturday. Despite the dark clouds filling the sky, it remained dry during the whole session. Nick just missed progressing through to the Top Ten in qualifying after producing a strong performance in Q1. He will be in eleventh position on the grid for the start of tomorrow’s race.
Nick really turned up the power in the first segment of qualifying. The Lotus Renault GP racer lapped the Nürburgring in 1:32.215 (+0.679), securing third place. Only Felipe Massa and Adrian Sutil were faster in Q1.
He improved his time by three tenths of a second in the second segment but was just a whisker behind Michael Schumacher with a 1:32.215 (+1.217), and missed gaining entry into the Top Ten in qualifying by 0.035 seconds.
Nick: “We are expecting rain tomorrow. Then everyone has a free choice as regards tyres. The difference between the dry tyres is very large, so the majority of drivers will go for the soft compound. Only the top teams might perhaps still manage on the hard tyre. The difference with the Pirellis is greater than it was in the past. We think that it will rain tomorrow, but you can never be completely certain here.”
Mark Webber secured pole position from Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Tomorrow’s race starts at 13:00 BST.