Lewis Hamilton crashed in qualifying for the German Grand Prix and will start the race 15th with team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg on pole.

The Mercedes driver lost control in the first knock-out session after a front-right brake failure at 130mph sent him smashing into the barriers. Luckily Hamilton was able to walk away and was taken to the circuit’s medical centre.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas will start second, followed by team-mate Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen.

Mercedes said Hamilton was left “sore” after the crash, while Team boss Toto Wolff said the driver’s knees “hurt a bit”. Wolff added that the failed brake disc was a brand new piece of equipment.

Meanwhile teammate Nico Rosberg took a comfortable pole, 0.219secs clear of Valtteri Bottas.

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