Formula One

            === Rosberg on pole for German GP, Hamilton crashes ===
 Hockenheim,  Germany  ( -  Formula  One  points leader  Nico
 Rosberg  won  the pole position for  the German Grand Prix, while his Mercedes
 teammate  and championship  rival, Lewis  Hamilton, wrecked  during the  first
 round in Saturday's qualifying.
 Rosberg,  a German,  will start on the  pole for his home grand prix on Sunday
 after   making   a  lap   around  the  2.842-mile  (4.574-kilometer),  17-turn
 Hockenheimring  circuit in 1 minute, 16.540 seconds. He claimed his fifth pole
 of the season and the ninth of his F1 career.
 Two  weeks  ago, Rosberg  started on the  pole for the  British Grand Prix but
 suffered  his  first retirement of  the season due  to a faulty gearbox. Since
 then,  the 29-year-old  Rosberg got married to his long-time girlfriend Vivian
 Sibold  and signed  a new multi-year contract extension with Mercedes. Germany
 won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final as well.
 "For  now, it's been going really, really well," Rosberg said. "It's great. To
 be on pole for home race is fantastic. Of course, I would have preferred if it
 was  an  open fight  with Lewis,  so I'm a  little less  happy with the result
 because Lewis didn't have a shot at it there at the end.
 "All  in all, it was a fantastic day up to now, but there are no points today.
 There is a long way to go tomorrow, but it's a good start."
 Rosberg  has finished  no better  than fourth  in seven  German GP  starts. He
 placed ninth in this race last year.
 Hamilton,  who  won his home  grand prix in Great  Britain and moved to within
 four  points of  Rosberg, wrecked during the mid-stages of Q1. He lost control
 and  spun out before  slamming hard into the barrier due to brake disc failure
 on his right-front.
 Hamilton  was not  injured but complained of soreness after making impact at a
 high  rate of  speed. He  was taken  to the  track's medical  care center  for
 observation  and soon released. Hamilton finished 16th in qualifying but moved
 up  one  spot on the  grid following a  penalty for Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez
 (assessed for causing a collision during the British GP).
 "I'm  a little  bit bruised, but I  will be fine," Hamilton said. "The car was
 feeling  great, but then  the brake failed. I guess the brake exploded. I lost
 brake  pressure,  and it sent me  off into the  wall. It's not a great feeling
 when that happens."
 Valtteri  Bottas  from Williams  qualified second,  while his teammate, Felipe
 Massa, placed third.
 "I'm  really happy with  the result we got as a team today, second and third,"
 Bottas  said. "Well done to everyone. The lap I did in the end had no mistakes
 and  was  a really nice  lap, so I  felt like I got  everything out of the car
 McLaren's Kevin Magnussen took the fourth spot. Daniel Ricciardo from Red Bull
 was  fifth, followed  by his  teammate,  Sebastian Vettel,  the four-time  and
 defending  F1 world  champion as well as  the winner of last year's German GP,
 which was held at the Nurburgring circuit.
 Fernando  Alonso from Ferrari qualified seventh, and Daniil Kvyat put his Toro
 Rosso  eighth  on the grid.  Force India  teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio
 Perez completed the top-10.
 Among those failing to advance into Q3 were McLaren's Jenson Button (qualified
 11th) and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (12th).
 07/19 11:21:28 ET

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