GP Germania, prove venerdì–18/07/2014
German GP: Hamilton pips Rosberg in second practice
Lewis Hamilton pipped Formula 1 title rival Nico Rosberg to the fastest time on the opening day of practice for the German Grand Prix.
Rosberg had been the faster of the Mercedes pair early in the session while on the slower soft-compound Pirellis, outpacing Hamilton by just over three tenths of a second.
But the world championship leader made a mistake at Turn 2 on his first flying lap on super-soft rubber, meaning he was unable to improve his time until his next lap.
Hamilton then put in a 1m18.341s on his first flier, setting the fastest time in the middle sector, with Rosberg ending up 24 thousandths of a second slower.
Mercedes later had a problem in the pits when Hamilton came in unexpectedly and the team had Rosberg’s tyres ready, meaning that it took time to get his correct tyres.
With Hamilton sat in the pits, Rosberg came in and had to queue to wait for the team to put on the correct tyres amid concerns about his brakes overheating.
Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest for Red Bull, just a tenth off the pace, with Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen a strong fourth, half a second down.
Kevin Magnussen continued his recent run of impressive form with fifth fastest, just ahead of Williams driver Felipe Massa, who was briefly second fastest in the early stages of the super-soft runs.
World champions Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso were eighth and ninth fastest, the former failing to extract as big an improvement on super-soft rubber as those at the front.
Sauber driver Adrian Sutil was 11th fastest for Sauber ahead of Daniil Kvyat, with Force India pairing failing to break the top 10 for the second grand prix Friday in a row in 13th and 14th place.
Caterham had a troubled session, with both cars stopping on the circuit.
Kamui Kobayashi parked with flames emerging from the rear of the car after completing 12 laps, while Marcus Ericsson was ordered to stop his car on track because of a drop in oil pressure after just three laps.
But the team did get Ericsson’s car back and he was able to return to the track in the final half hour, allowing him to set the 20th fastest time.
With the ambient temperature at over 30C throughout the afternoon, track temperatures hit 58C, the highest so far this season.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m18.341s 38 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m18.365s +0.024s 39 3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.443s +0.102s 35 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.887s +0.546s 38 5. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.960s +0.619s 40 6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m19.024s +0.683s 36 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.221s +0.880s 40 8. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.248s +0.907s 35 9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.329s +0.988s 32 10. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m19.385s +1.044s 34 11. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.417s +1.076s 41 12. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.452s +1.111s 27 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m19.581s +1.240s 28 14. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m19.593s +1.252s 32 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.760s +1.419s 32 16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m20.158s +1.817s 35 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m20.358s +2.017s 35 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.504s +2.163s 40 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.328s +2.987s 31 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m21.870s +3.529s 21 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m21.898s +3.557s 28 22. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m23.728s +5.387s 12
German GP: Rosberg leads Hamilton in first practice
Nico Rosberg went fastest for Mercedes in first practice for the 2014 Formula 1 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
Rosberg went 0.065s quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was best of the rest, 0.292s off Rosberg’s pace.
The Mercedes pairing were among many to explore the track limits frequently as the drivers adjusted to life without the FRIC suspension systems that all teams have removed in advance of the weekend.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest on 1m20.295s in the busy first half-hour of session as several drivers made use of the extra set of soft tyres that have to be handed back to Pirelli at the 30-minute mark.
He improved that time during a multi-lap run later in the session, but by that time both Jenson Button and Daniel Ricciardo had gone even faster.
At that point Mercedes finally showed its hand as first Rosberg, then Hamilton, went half a second faster than their rivals, a gap only Alonso could partially bridge – and then only with a committed lap.
Hamilton was quickest of all in the first two sectors, but could not unite the two over the course of one lap, finishing on 1m19.196s to Rosberg’s 1m19.131s.
Ferrari used the early part of the session to evaluate aero characteristics of Alonso’s rear wing with flow-vis paint, but its programme was set back when Kimi Raikkonen had a water pump failure that took half an hour to resolve.
Raikkonen returned to the track but, in spite of completing a respectable number of laps, set a best time of 1m20.210 that was only eighth fastest overall.
McLaren sported a fresh look, with a new rear wing design featuring sophisticated detailing around the endplates, and a new race engineer for Jenson Button: Olympic rowing medallist Tom Stallard.
They had a reasonably encouraging session, Button completing 24 laps and Kevin Magnussen 32, finishing fifth and seventh quickest.
Williams tester Susie Wolff enjoyed a lengthier stint in the cockpit than she did at Silverstone, despite a scare in the opening minutes when her FW36 slowed with a sensor issue.
She closed out the session just two tenths of a second off the pace of Felipe Massa, well under the half-second benchmark the team had set.
There was a substantial gap between the runners at the bottom end of the timesheets as Lotus, Caterham and Marussia languished over two seconds off the pace.
Romain Grosjean had a rear wing failure that caused his DRS to stick open under braking in a high-speed section, while Max Chilton brought up the rear after a number of power unit problems.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.131s 29 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.196s +0.065s 25 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.423s +0.292s 21 4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m19.697s +0.566s 27 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m19.833s +0.702s 24 6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m20.097s +0.966s 28 7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.105s +0.974s 32 8. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m20.210s +1.079s 21 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.337s +1.206s 28 10. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.505s +1.374s 18 11. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m20.542s +1.411s 19 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m20.586s +1.455s 23 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m20.592s +1.461s 22 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m20.598s +1.467s 24 15. Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1m20.769s +1.638s 22 16. Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.782s +1.651s 23 17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m21.603s +2.472s 20 18. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m21.854s +2.723s 30 19. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m22.572s +3.441s 31 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m22.982s +3.851s 24 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m23.256s +4.125s 35 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m23.299s +4.168s 22