Lewis Hamilton out of German Grand Prix qualifying

Sebastian Vettel snags German Grand Prix pole Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes breaks down

Sebastian Vettel snags German Grand Prix pole Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes breaks down

The Brackley, England-based outfit now has its sights set on the German Grand Prix as it sits 20 points off of Ferrari's lead for the Constructors' with Hamilton eight points back on Sebastian Vettel for the Drivers' Title.

"But I'm not too stressed it". I think the high temperatures we had today could probably have an impact somehow, but we don't know exactly what the weather will be like.

"We have a big battle on our hands right now, so it's good to have the future clear for everybody". He moved from Williams on a one-year deal as an emergency replacement for German driver Nico Rosberg, who stunned Mercedes - and all of F1 - by retiring days after winning the 2016 title.

Bottas and Mercedes accepted that Ferrari had the faster auto on Saturday, and their recent engine surge is believed to be worth around three tenths of a second.

The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen was third, 0.335s off Vettel, having again looked like a potential threat for pole position. "For me it's something that we can work with, it doesn't affect me whatsoever".

"I felt a small amount of pressure went off my shoulders, even though you don't want to think about it, but between the races you do", he said.

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A distraught Hamilton limped out in the first qualifying session, suffering a major setback to his title hopes after stopping on track, and then trying to push his vehicle, during a dramatic qualifying session.

He is set to start Sunday's race, which is live and exclusive on Sky F1, from 14th on the grid.

In his time with the team starting in 2014, Hamilton has won the Drivers' Championship three times and is in the hunt for the same honor yet again this season.

"It's never nice to see somebody retiring with a technical issue because there's nothing you are doing wrong at that point from a driving point of view", said Vettel.

"Gears won't change", Hamilton had reported over the team radio. "Good sport is when all the fighters are on the track".

Mercedes-AMG hot shoe, Lewis Hamilton, will stick around for another two years.

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