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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 July 2007, 11:30 GMT 12:30 UK
Euro GP qualifying as it happened
Final qualifying positions:

1. Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2. Alonso (McLaren)

3. Massa (Ferrari)

4. Heidfeld (BMW Sauber)

5. Kubica (BMW Sauber)

6. Webber (Red Bull)

Lewis Hamilton starts in 10th after crashing in qualifying.


By Sarah Holt


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1600: "All the indications seem to be that LH is indeed fine but perhaps should not race as a precautionary measure."
Autounion on 606

1435: Raikkonen takes his second pole of the season as he goes in search of his third straight win in Germany. Can anyone stop the Finn? Find out on Sunday.

1433: Not long as it happens, as Raikkonen goes fastest in 1:31.522. Alonso cannot close him down on his final flying lap and the Finn takes pole for Ferrari.

1432: Massa does goes fastest with a 1:31.778 but for how long?

1430: Massa goes looking for pole and he is up through the first sector but Raikkonen is the fastest man out of the track.

1430: Alonso switches to softer tyres for the final push.

1429: "Sound the klaxons, run out the flags, Hamilton is OK and whatever happens tomorrow he will still be leading the world championship at the end of it."
Murray Walker commentating on Five Live

1427: Here come the drivers now, ready for a frantic five minutes.

1424: The qualifying session will re-start in three minutes. The mood is a little sombre around the paddock now. McLaren boss Ron Dennis reveals Hamilton is fine but will be kept in for observation, but there are no broken bones or injuries.

1420: "Hamilton reacted similarly to Michael Schumacher when he broke his leg at Silverstone."
Jmb on 606

1415: McLaren boss Ron Dennis explains that the right-hand wheel gun used on Hamilton's car failed, meaning the wheel was not attached properly. Dennis adds that Hamilton is shaken but is stable and conscious. The same equipment was used on Alonso's car, but luckily the Spaniard had not yet put pressure on the right-hand tyre so appeared to escape a similar incident.

1412: The re-start is being delayed by at least 15 minutes while they sort out the damaged tyre wall.

1411: "I feel very emotional as Hamilton has been removed from the circuit. It looks as though he has something wrapped around his right leg."
Murray Walker commentating on Five Live

1408: Hamilton's mangled McLaren is hauled out of the gravel trap and an official collects the offending tyre, which really is twisted out of shape.

1406: Hamilton is taken off the track on a stretcher but he does manage to give the thumbs up and a wave to reassure that he is OK.

1404: The engineers in the McLaren garage are checking over Alonso's car just in case he is in danger of suffering a similar crash. Team boss Ron Dennis thinks the crash is tyre related but also revealed it is too soon to know if Hamilton can race on Sunday.

1401: It appears that Hamilton is having difficulty with his feet as he half stood up but then leant against the car.

"It looked as though something broke on Hamilton's suspension and the car was out of control as far as he was concerned - there was nothing he could do. He went ploughing diagonally into the tyre wall but has hopefully done no more than bruise himself, but I don't know."
Murray Walker commentating on Five Live

1359: The McLaren team doctor confirms that Hamilton is OK, but they are attending him close to his car.

1356: Hamilton went into the barriers hard at the Schumacher S and needs to be helped out of the car. It looks like there was a problem with the right front tyre. The cause is not yet clear, and could be a technical error. There are five minutes left to go in qualifying, and the organisers will try and get in two more laps.

1355: Drama as Lewis Hamilton crashes into the tyre barriers. There is a red flag for the session, and concern as Hamilton takes a while to get out of the car.

1352: The leading contenders come in for a change of tyres and the Ferraris and McLarens are preparing to lay down some fast times now.

1346: "Kimi Raikkonen is down in 10th place - but he's not going to be there much longer."
Not a classic from Murray here but accurate nonetheless

1346: Here's a classic Murrayism to keep us going before the real action starts, this one is from Gambetta on 606:
"This has been a great season for Nelson Piquet, as he is now known, and always has been"

1344: A little break then as the remaining 10 drivers prepare to burn off their fuel, green light and off they go.

1341: Toyota's Jarno Trulli survives despite slipping and sliding through a chicane, hanging on in 10th.

1338: Here are the unlucky losers, who fail to squeeze into the last, and most crucial, spell of qualifying. Super Aguri pair Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson, Williams duo Alexander Wurz and Nico Rosberg, Honda's Rubens Barrichello and Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella.

1336: Just a few tailenders out on the track now as they desperately try to make it into the top 10 shootout. The Ferraris and McLarens stay tucked up in the pits.

1335: Massa goes fastest with 1:30.912, but here's who is in trouble: Davidson, Sato, Wurz, Webber, Barrichello and Fisichella.

1330: Raikkonen goes straight to the top with a fast one. But all the leading contenders are all laying down fast laps now while they are on low fuel levels.

1329: "Jenson Button says he was unhappy with the balance of his Honda - what does he mean he wasn't happy with his balance? Not a good first session for the Brits"
Murray Walker commentating on Five Live

1326: Jarno Trulli is first out for Toyota, quickly followed by Mark Webber in a new set of soft tyres.

1323: The green light is on but no-one is venturing out onto the track just yet. Hmmmm, we'll just wait for you all then.

1322: Coulthard says he could not get a clean run because he was sent out too close behind team-mate Mark Webber.

1320: This little breather allows me to provide the answer to my earlier question. Felipe Massa has the most poles this season, with four in total. And, yes, as a colleague pointed out that was definitely not a BBC competition or quiz.

1316: A bit of a disappointing first qualifying session for British racing fans as David Coulthard (Red Bull) and Jenson Button (Honda) both fail to go through. Spyker duo Winkelhock and Sutil predictably fail to make it while Toro Rosso pair Vitantio Liuzzi and Scott Speed also go out.

1315: David Coulthard is still in the Red Bull pits and he cannot get a time in before the red flag falls. The Scot is out.

1313: "There is a bit of a worry for the Renaults who are struggling. They have said they have had problems with the handling and balance - but this does not look very encouraging for them."
Five Live analyst Maurice Hamilton

1311: The leading contenders have all safely posted times but down at the bottom Winkelhock, Sutil, Vitantonio Liuzzi, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg are in trouble.

1309: McLaren's Fernando Alonso overhauls Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen - he's more than half a second quicker than the Ferrari. Is Alonso poised to make a charge in Germany?

1308: "Lewis Hamilton has just gone through the first two sectors quickest of all and he goes up into the top position with seven minutes to go."
Murray Walker on Five Live

1306: All the drivers have to get out and post a time in the first 15-minute session but there is no sign of the big guns yet.

1303: Alexander Wurz brings out his Williams, followed by newcomer Markus Winkelhock in the second Spyker. Without meaning to be unkind, the German is unlikely to make much of an impression on his home circuit.

1300: Almost there now as the drivers pull on their fireproof hoods and gloves. First runner out is Adrian Sutil for Spyker.

1256: A quick question, who's got the most pole positions this season? There's nothing happening right now so that's just to keep us on our feet before the action begins.

1250: "Hamilton will get the pole with Kimi 2nd, Alonso 3rd and Massa 4th. If Massa is not careful he could get left behind."
Rincewind100 on 606

1245: The weather can be unpredictable amongst the mountains surrounding the Nurburgring. The sun is shining right now but some rain is forecast for Sunday.

1240: We're asking for your Murray Walker memories on 606 and text this weekend. Here's a classic sent in by Gilesy_V on 606:

Murray Walker: "And there are flames coming from the back of Prost's car as he enters the swimming pool."
James Hunt: "Well, that should put them out then."

1236: Lucky for Nick Heidfeld that he is close to his Swiss residence this weekend. The German BMW Sauber driver, seventh in final practice, is flying home after qualifying to see his son Joda, who was born on Saturday morning. He'll be back for the race on Sunday.

1233: "Kimi is looking fast again, it will take a lot of effort from either McLaren driver to get past him for the win."
OldDamonFan on 606

1230: Kimi Raikkonen is out to steal the limelight from Britain's Lewis Hamilton as he goes in search of his second pole of the season.

Ferrari's Finn pipped Hamilton's McLaren in the last two practice sessions and will be looking to convert that pace into top spot on the grid.

The McLarens remain competitive with Hamilton just nosing ahead of Fernando Alonso in final practice, while Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari just lagged behind in fifth.

And if you're bored of the tussling at the front, keep an eye on Markus Winkelhock, who is enjoying his first full weekend as an F1 driver for Spyker.

Enjoying might not quite sum up his feelings to be fair, struggling probably better describes the German, brought in to replace Christijan Albers.

There is a little tweak to the Nurburgring this year as turns 8 and 9 have been renamed the 'Schumacher S' after seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

The German will be paraded in a lap of honour before the race on Sunday - wonder if he'd rather be in amongst it though?

Send in your thoughts via text and 606.

And here are the rules of qualifying again:

After the first 15-minute session, the slowest six cars will be eliminated. Six more cars will then be eliminated during a second spell before the remaining top 10 cars battle it out for the grid positions.

Results from final practice for the European Grand Prix:

1. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, 1:31.396
2. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:31.627
3. Fernando Alonso, Spain, McLaren-Mercedes, 1:32.039
4. Robert Kubica, Poland, BMW-Sauber, 1:32.039
5. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari, 1:32.217
6. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Williams, 1:32.344
7. Nick Heidfeld, Germany, BMW-Sauber, 1:32.581
8. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 1:32.632
9. David Coulthard, Britain, Red Bull, 1:32.679
10. Ralf Schumacher, Germany, Toyota, 1:32.788
11. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Italy, Toro Rosso, 1:32.841
12. Jenson Button, Britain, Honda, 1:32.869
13. Jarno Trulli, Italy, Toyota, 1:32.936
14. Scott Speed, United States, Toro Rosso, 1:32.974
15. Alexander Wurz, Austria, Williams, 1:33.154
16. Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Renault, 1:33.214
17. Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Honda, 1:33.229
18. Heikki Kovalainen, Finland, Renault, 1:33.484
19. Anthony Davidson, Britain, Super Aguri, 1:33.792
20. Takuma Sato, Japan, Super Aguri, 1:33.945
21. Adrian Sutil, Germany, Spyker, 1:34.423
22. Markus Winkelhock, Germany, Spyker, 1:36.090

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