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German GP | Hamilton gets the pole, while Bottas struggles with a “brake issue”

The five-time Formula 1 world champion took the 87th pole position in the German Grand Prix, whereas his team-mate Valterri Bottas will start from the third place.

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German GP | Hamilton gets the pole, while Bottas struggles with a “brake issue”
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Lewis Hamilton secured his pole-position at Hockenheim after the double mechanical blow for Ferrari. In absence of both Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, the British driver romped to the front, despite the pace problems faced by the Silver arrows over the weekend.

Asked about the pole-position, Lewis Hamilton pointed out how he would have competed with the Ferraris, if the Italian team had not faced the reliability issues.

"I don't know how we did it today," said Hamilton. "I am not sure what happened to the Ferraris. This is a second home grand prix for us so it is incredible to celebrate with this.

"Ferrari have been really fast, and they were on another level, but the time at the end would have been close to compete with Leclerc if he had set a lap."

On the other hand, Valterri Bottas, finished behind his team-mate and Verstappen, claiming that he struggled unexpectedly with the brakes, especially in turn 2, 6 and 8.

“I did feel OK in practice three, there were no worries and it felt like qualifying should be fine and interesting.

"But in qualifying I struggled a lot with the brakes, in Turn 2 especially, six, then eight - so all the big brakings.

"I was locking up many times, going straight, so just confidence under braking and the bite of the brakes was varying from one lap to the other.

"So that made it difficult. I felt like it was maybe [worth] two or three tenths I could have improved in quali three by getting everything spot on, but it was not more than that.

"So it was not the easiest qualifying, I'm keen to have a look why.

"Practice three I felt good, I was really looking forward to the qualifying and knowing that things had improved and should be all good.

"But I struggled a lot with braking in the qualifying, and just the consistency was not there.

"I wasn't always sure when I hit the brake pedal what was going to happen - if I'd lock the front or not. So, that made it more difficult."

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