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German Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Crashes Out Of Qualifying As Nico Rosberg Takes Pole (PHOTOS)

19/07/2014 16:41 BST | Updated 19/07/2014 17:59 BST

Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was handed "another gift" after a qualifying crash again put the Briton on the back foot in this year's Formula One world title fight.

Hamilton suffered a failure of the front-right brake disk during the initial session for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

On approach to the left-handed loop inside the stadium complex, the failure immediately pitched Hamilton into a high-speed spin across a gravel trap, with his momentum halted by a 30g shunt into a tyre barrier.

After radioing to his team that "something failed", Hamilton eventually clambered from the cockpit of his car, raising his right hand to acknowledge he was okay, before heading off to the medical centre for a medical inspection.

The 29-year-old will now start 15th, moving up one place from his qualifying position of 16th due to Esteban Gutierrez serving a three-place grid penalty while Rosberg starts in pole with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa lining up second and third followed by Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel.

Reflecting on his accident, Hamilton said: "I'm in a little bit of pain, but that's what happens when you have a crash like that. Even if something is broken I will still be racing on Sunday.

"Nico has now basically got another gift (with pole), but we will see what we can do."

See the crash and its aftermath below.

Lewis Hamlton crash