GP Germania, prove libere venerdì–29/07/2016
F1 German GP: Rosberg leads Mercedes team-mate Hamilton in FP2
Nico Rosberg set the pace in second free practice for the German Grand Prix, outpacing Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton by four-tenths of a second.
The home hero had topped the morning session, but initially lagged behind Hamilton on the first runs using the soft Pirelli rubber by four-tenths.
But when the duo then bolted on the super-soft Pirellis, reckoned to be around 1.2 seconds faster than the softs, Rosberg took the upper hand.
First Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg and then Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen hit the top after doing their first super-soft laps, before the two Mercedes drivers.
But Rosberg had his first flier just after the 30-minute mark, setting a time of 1m15.614s to take top spot.
Hamilton then completed his lap, but was slower in all three sectors and ended up 0.394s slower after a slightly ragged effort.
Initially, Red Bull pairing Max Verstappen and Daniel Riccairdo were best of the rest after relegating Raikkonen.
But then Sebastian Vettel, who had a longer break between his runs, finally set his super-soft time just before the 45-minute mark to take second place, six-tenths off Rosberg.
Verstappen and Ricciardo ended up fifth and sixth, with the latter earning criticism from Hamilton late in the session for jinking into the pit exit while passing a slow Manor.
That led to Hamilton moving to the left and complaining over the radio.
Hulkenberg was eventually shuffled down to seventh ahead of Jenson Button, who only completed 16 laps and missed the second half of the session.
Both Button and McLaren-Honda team-mate Fernando Alonso looked to have the potential to go quicker, but ended up slotting into eighth and 10th, sandwiching Force India driver Sergio Perez.
The two Toro Rosso drivers, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat, were separated by just 25 thousandths of a second in 11th and 12th, ahead of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas.
Romain Grosjean, who appeared to be battling the same problems under braking as he was in the morning session and had both an off and a spin at the Turn 6 hairpin, was 14th fastest, just ahead of Felipe Massa’s Williams.
But the Franco-Swiss driver only completed 13 laps during the session, spending much of it in the pits presumably chasing the cause of the vibration under braking he complained about over the radio.
During 90 minutes, multiple drivers, including Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso and Perez, were reported for running wide beyond track limits at Turn 1 – early in the session, race control issued a message to teams that this situation was being carefully monitored.
This led to drivers being regularly warned by their teams, albeit with regular infringements continuing, particularly for Perez.
PRACTICE TWO RESULTS:
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.456s||0.842s||40|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.490s||0.876s||38|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m16.781s||1.167s||43|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.148s||1.534s||44|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.342s||1.728s||32|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m17.367s||1.753s||38|
F1 German GP: Mercedes’ Rosberg fastest in FP1 on home soil
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg set the pace in first practice for his home Formula 1 grand prix in Germany.
Rosberg’s time of 1m15.517s spearheaded an unsurprisingly dominant one-two for the Silver Arrows, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton 0.326 seconds adrift.
Its nearest challenger in Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was just over a second back in third.
F1 showed just how far it has come since its last visit to Hockenheim in 2014, with 20 of the 22 drivers quicker than Rosberg’s best FP1 time that year.
Rosberg himself was more than three-and—a-half seconds faster than his 1:19.131s lap in that session, when the current turbo hybrid era was only just six months old.
After losing the championship lead he had held all season last weekend in Hungary, Rosberg was quickly on the pace, leading the way early with a 1m17.030s.
With the super-soft tyres then strapped on for the second half of the session, Rosberg was able to improve by almost two seconds, and was never headed.
Reigning champion Hamilton – on a run of five wins from the last six grands prix to take the points lead from Rosberg – was not as smooth as his team-mate throughout a lap, resulting in the three-tenths deficit.
Both drivers were among the many who went off track at Turn 1, which proved particularly problematic to get right as the limits were explored.
Behind the Mercedes duo, Vettel emerged the best of the rest, just over two tenths of a second ahead of Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth quickest, separated by 0.162s.
On his 35th birthday, Fernando Alonso emerged seventh fastest in his McLaren, 1.666s down on Rosberg.
Alonso was followed by team-mate Jenson Button, seemingly underlining McLaren’s recently-declared belief it is now the fourth quickest team in F1 behind Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.
With the timesheets following a team-by-team order, Toro Rosso pair Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr rounded out the top 10, with both around 2.5s down.
Further down the field there were practice outings for Ferrari junior Charles Leclerc with Haas and Renault reserve Esteban Ocon.
Leclerc, standing in Esteban Gutierrez, was 17th, just three places and three tenths of a second behind Romain Grosjean.
Ocon, meanwhile, was 19th and only 0.048s behind Kevin Magnussen, with Jolyon Palmer having made way.
PRACTICE ONE RESULTS:
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m16.927s||1.410s||29|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.089s||1.572s||30|
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m18.008s||2.491s||25|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m18.044s||2.527s||22|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.591s||3.074s||35|
|16||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.628s||3.111s||29|