With a powerful final lap of the day, Mark Webber took pole position at the Nürburgring ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Sebastian Vettel could qualify no higher than third after Hamilton drove a flawless lap. The McLaren man raised his performance significantly on the three practice sessions, posting one quality lap after another.
Meanwhile, Vettel looked out of sorts by comparison with his usual qualifying form. Alongside Vettel on row two will be Fernando Alonso. With only four tenths of a second separating first and fourth, the situation is very tight at the top.