Valtteri Bottas took his third 2020 pole position today at the Nürburgring ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton after setting the best time in every sector.
He peaked at the right time with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton all topping the timing sheets at points in the session.
Verstappen put in a strong showing only being a few hundredths behind Hamilton and giving Mercedes a fright for the first time in qualifying this year.
Charles Leclerc was on song for Ferrari and will start fourth just sneaking ahead of Alex Albon at the death of the session.
It is the most competitive Ferrari have looked all season.
Sixth and seventh went to the Renault drivers with Daniel Ricciardo only just ahead of Esteban Ocon, both very equal on pace when it mattered.
Lando Norris was the lead McLaren in eighth with Carlos Sainz in 10th. Sergio Perez split the two of them in ninth for Racing Point.
In front of his home crowd Sebastian Vettel was outclassed massively by Leclerc. Vettel qualified 11th, missing out on Q3 by three tenths.
Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat will start alongside each other with Antonio Giovinazzi in 14th.
It was a good job for Giovinazzi with his best starting position of the season and first Q2 appearance as he drives for his career. Kevin Magnussen was the slowest in Q2 starting 15th.
Romain Grosjean had his fastest time deleted and had to go for a second run on the same tyres qualifying 16th in what could have been a Q2 showing.
He was followed by both of the Williams drivers with George Russell and Nicholas Latifi. Both were disappointed feeling that there could have been more in the car.
Kimi Raikkonen will start on the back row alongside super sub Nico Hulkenberg who was straight into qualifying with no running, replacing a poorly Lance Stroll at Racing Point.