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Hamilton's woes piling up after qualifying run ends early

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) Crouching down by the side of his Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton lowered his head and stayed perfectly still for several moments.

The British driver looked lost in thought, deep in contemplation, seemingly unable to believe what happened on Saturday. A hydraulic failure had just ended his qualifying run prematurely, dropping Formula One's all-time record-holder for pole positions to 14th on the grid for Sunday's race.

Hamilton's hopes of winning a record-equaling fourth German Grand Prix - and matching Michael Schumacher- have been dented. And his woes are piling up as he duels with Sebastian Vettel - in a seemingly quicker Ferrari - for a fifth Formula One title.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 S.Vettel 171 4
2 L.Hamilton 163 3
3 K.Raikkonen 116 0
4 D.Ricciardo 106 2
5 V.Bottas 104 0
6 M.Verstappen 93 1
7 N.Hulkenberg 42 0
8 F.Alonso 40 0
9 K.Magnussen 39 0
10 C.Sainz Jr. 28 0
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