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German GP: Qualifying notes - Bridgestone

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19/07/2008

Lewis Hamilton has achieved his third pole position of this season by using Bridgestone's medium compound Potenza to go fastest in qualifying at Hockenheim for the German Grand Prix, round ten of the FIA Formula One World Championship.

Hamilton was quickest by almost two tenths of a second with a lap time of 1min 15.666secs. This time was set in a dry qualifying session, although there was a very brief shower immediately before it began. Second fastest today was Felipe Massa, whilst Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli set the third and fourth fastest times.

Fernando Alonso went fifth quickest and Kimi Raikkonen was sixth. Robert Kubica and Mark Webber went seventh and eighth fastest whilst Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard were the final two drivers to qualify in the top ten.

In the morning practice session Kovalainen topped the times with a 1min 15.621secs lap, set on the medium compound. Kovalainen was seven hundredths faster than Massa, with Hamilton the third quickest. Weather conditions were also dry for this session. Today's fastest lap time, a 1min 14.603secs, was set by Hamilton using the medium compound in Q2.

Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development: We have an interesting line-up in the top ten from today's qualifying and tomorrow's race should be fascinating in terms of tyre strategy from the data we have seen from the last two days and from last week's test. Track conditions this afternoon were better than yesterday and this morning. The medium compound appears to be quicker by around 2-3 tenths of a second, even when the cars are running with heavy fuel loads. The difficulty in Hockenheim for the race is likely to be the weather as it has varied considerably since we have been here. In terms of tyre strategy, we should see some variation tomorrow depending on how long competitors can maintain the speed advantage of the medium tyre.

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