Eifel GP qualifying results: Bottas takes pole with Lewis Hamilton second as Brit aims to equal Schumacher's win record

VALTTERI BOTTAS will start at the front of the grid for the Eifel Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton settling for second.

Mercedes completed a one-two at the Nurburgring in Germany after Max Verstappen threatened to pinch pole.

EIFEL GP: Qualifying results

  1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  4. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  5. Alexander Albon (Red Bull)
  6. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault)
  7. Esteban Ocon (Renault)
  8. Lando Norris (McLaren)
  9. Sergio Perez (Racing Point)
  10. Carlos Sainz (McLaren)
  11. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
  12. Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri)
  13. Daniil Kvyat (Alpha Tauri)
  14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo)
  15. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
  16. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
  17. George Russell (Williams)
  18. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)
  19. Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo)
  20. Nico Hulkenberg (Racing Point)

The Red Bull star ended up in third, with Hamilton frustrated by his team-mate.

Bottas ended up taking his 14th career pole – a quarter-of-a-second ahead of the British star.

On his pole, the Finn revealed: "It's such a nice feeling when you get it done the last lap.

"The last lap in Q3 was spot on. It was nice to get it together.

"It's been pretty tricky with short practice and these conditions getting the tyres in the sweet spot, that was one of the bigger things today.

"I believe I can win. That's the only goal for tomorrow and hopefully we can have a good start."

Hamilton added: "Valtteri is two tenths ahead so he did a good job and congratulations to him."

Arguably the biggest story of the afternoon came in Q2, when Sebastian Vettel failed to make it into the final session, finishing 11th.

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc will start in fourth, ahead of Alexander Albon, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.

Lando Norris, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz completed the top ten in Germany.

Earlier in the day, Nico Hulkenburg had replaced Lance Stroll, who complained of feeling unwell.

But, with zero preparation, Hulkenburg finished dead-last in a 'scruffy' lap, according to ex-Renault star Jolyon Palmer.

The German joined Kimi Raikkonen, Nicholas Latifi, George Russell and Romain Grosjean in being dumped out in Q1.

The biggest shock came in Q2, though – with Vettel missing the cut, ending up in 11th on home soil.

The Ferrari star joined Pierre Gasly, Daniil Kvyat, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen in failing to make it to Q3.

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