Ferrari at the 2012 Formula 1 German Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
A strong performance from Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso saw him take pole for the second race in a row, with a best time of 1.40.621 posted during a very wet qualifying session at the 2012 Formula 1 German Grand Prix.
This is pole number 22 for the Spaniard and his fourth with the Scuderia, and it’s the first time since 2004 that a Ferrari will start the German Grand Prix from pole, something it has done a total of 19 times.
However, Alonso will have his work cut out for him in tomorrow’s race, with Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber posting the second and third fastest times of the day, respectively.
A favorite at the Hockenheim Circuit, Michael Schumacher with his Mercedes-AMG was fourth fastest on the day, followed by Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.
Making up the rest of the top 10 is Pastor Maldonado, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Paul di Resta and Kimi Raikkonen.
Despite rain marring much of the qualifying today, and the weather still looking unpredictable for tomorrow, the current forecast is for a dry race.
Going into the race, Fernando Alonso is leading the points table with a tally of 129, followed by Mark Webber on 116. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel lies third with 100 points, while Lewis Hamilton, who will be racing in his 100th GP this weekend, is on 92 points.
In the Constructors' battle, Red Bull Racing has a gaping 216-point advantage over Ferrari (152), with Lotus third at 144 points, McLaren fourth with 142 and Mercedes-AMG still in the double digits in fifth place with 98 points.