Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the German GP for the third time this season, beating Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber to the fastest lap time in Saturday's qualifying at the Nürburgring.
Hamilton, so unlucky after suffering a blowout while leading his home race at Silverstone last weekend, has continued to show his raw pace on a day of contrasting fortunes for Mercedes.
Hamilton's teammate Nico Rosberg was eliminated in the Q2 session and will start Sunday's race from 11th on the grid.
Rosberg was within the top 10 when the session expired, but Kimi Raikkonen posted his fastest lap and knocked Rosberg out of the top 10 altogether.
Hamilton will be the best hope for British fans in the race, as Jenson Button could only manage 9th on the grid and Scottish driver Paul Di Resta will start from 12th.
Mercedes, however, have still to prove that they can be consistently quick on a long run without doing too much damage to the tyres - and subsequently causing the drivers to suffer from a lack of grip.
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