Lewis grabs Hockenheim pole
Young driver continues his fine form in Germany
Hamilton: another fine day
British ace Lewis Hamilton continued his fine form to take pole in his McLaren at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Fresh from his British Grand Prix victory 13 days ago, the 23-year-old grabbed his third pole position of the season - and the ninth in his Formula One career - by recording the fastest lap in final qualifying.
He finished just under 0.2 seconds quicker than Ferrari's Felipe Massa - who is level with him in a three-way tie at the top of the World Championship - with the Brit's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen back in third.
Italy's Jarno Trulli came fourth in his Toyota, ahead of Spain's Fernando Alonso in fifth.
But world champion and current championship co-leader Kimi Raikkonen could only finish sixth in his Ferrari and will need to do better on Sunday to maintain his title challenge.
Robert Kubica of Poland finished seventh in his BMW Sauber, while Australia's Mark Webber came eighth in his Red Bull.
Sebastian Vettel was the highest placed German, finishing in ninth in his Scuderia Toro Rosso.
British driver David Coulthard just made the top ten in his Red Bull, while compatriot Jenson Button went out in the second qualifying session, finishing 14th in his Honda.
1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1min 15.666secs
2 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:15.859
3 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:16.143
4 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:16.191
5 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:16.385
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:16.389
7 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:16.521
8 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1:17.014
9 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:17.244
10 David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull 1:17.503
11 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:15.508
12 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:15.581
13 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 1:15.633
14 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 1:15.701
15 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:15.858
16 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams 1:16.083
17 Nelson Piquet Jr. (Bra) Renault 1:16.189
18 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:16.246,
19 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 1:16.657
20 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India 1:16.963