The BMW driver was able to outperform the Audis in the Nürburgring circuit.
The qualifying session began with Da Costa, Hand, Petrov, Ekstrom and Paffet out in Q1. Later on, Vietoris, Müller, Tambay, Martin, Wickens, Farfus, Wehrlein, Glock, Spengler and Tomczyk would also be out of the fight for pole position. Wittmann was fastest in Q2 ahead of Green and Di Resta.
Finally, the German driver got the pole ahead of the Audis of Mortara, Rockenfeller, Green, Schneider and Molina. Juncadella and Di Resta took the last positions in Q3, with the Spaniard being the best Mercedes of the day.