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Eifel GP qualifying results: Bottas takes pole with Lewis Hamilton second as Brit aims to equal Schumacher’s win record

VALTTERI BOTTAS will start at the front of the grid for the Eifel Grand Prix, with Lewis Hamilton settling for second.

Mercedes completed a one-two at the Nurburgring in Germany after Max Verstappen threatened to pinch pole.

Bottas beat Hamilton to pole position in qualifying for the Eifel GP

The Red Bull star ended up in third, with Hamilton frustrated by his team-mate.

Bottas ended up taking his 14th career pole – a quarter-of-a-second ahead of the British star.

Arguably the biggest story of the afternoon came in Q2, when Sebastian Vettel failed to make it into the final session, finishing 11th.

Ferrari star Charles Leclerc will start in fourth, ahead of Alexander Albon, Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon.

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Lando Norris, Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz completed the top ten in Germany.

Earlier in the day, Nico Hulkenburg had replaced Lance Stroll, who complained of feeling unwell.

But, with zero preparation, Hulkenburg finished dead-last in a ‘scruffy’ lap, according to ex-Renault star Jolyon Palmer.

The German joined Kimi Raikkonen, Nicholas Latifi, George Russell and Romain Grosjean in being dumped out in Q1.

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The biggest shock came in Q2, though – with Vettel missing the cut, ending up in 11th on home soil.

The Ferrari star joined Pierre Gasly, Daniil Kvyat, Antonio Giovinazzi and Kevin Magnussen in failing to make it to Q3.

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