Formula One leader NicoRosberg put Mercedes on pole position for his home German Grand Prix while teammate and title-rival Lewis Hamilton crashed early in the session.

Hamilton, who is four points behind Rosberg in the standings after nine of 19 races, qualified 16th but should start 15th after a penalty is applied to Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas joined Rosberg on the front row for Mercedes-powered Williams, with Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa qualifying third on a searingly hot afternoon at Hockenheim.

Red Bull's quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel, a home winner last year when the race was held at the Nuerburgring, qualified only sixth and behind Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo in fifth. 

Source: Reuters