HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Formula One leader Nico Rosberg earned pole position for the German Grand Prix as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed out in qualifying on Saturday and will start 15th on the grid.
Rosberg completed the fastest lap on the Hockenheimring in 1 minute, 16.540 seconds in the third part of the session for what was also the weekend's fastest time.
"Home race, to be on pole is fantastic," the German said. "I would have preferred if it was an open fight with Lewis. I was a little less happy as a result (of Hamilton's crash) because Lewis didn't have a shot at it in the end, but all in all, yeah, a fantastic day up to now."
Hamilton crashed in the first part of the session, leading to a seven-minute delay after the British driver spectacularly spun off the track and crashed into barriers at Turn 13. His right front brake disc failed.
Hamilton was checked out at the medical center and seemed relatively unscathed.
"I've got a little bit of pain but that's what usually happens when you have a crash like that. Even if something's broken, I'll still be driving tomorrow," the 2008 world champion said.
Rosberg said he wasn't worried about having the same issue with his brakes as both drivers' cars were fitted with different systems.
Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completed a day to remember for Williams by finishing second and third, respectively.
"Well done to everyone but Mercedes is still ahead," Bottas said. "I really felt I got everything out of the car today."
Kevin Magnussen claimed a commendable fourth place for McLaren, and the Dane was followed by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel in fifth and sixth.
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