After the opening practice session of the German Grand Prix was dominated by the two Mercedes’, Sebastian Vettel put his RB9 on top spot by only two tenths of a second from fellow countryman Nico Rosberg in Friday’s second practice session.
Vettel was over a second off the pace in FP1 and was quick to restore order as he went quickest of the field on the soft compound tyres. Teammate Webber finished off the top-three, 0.032s behind Rosberg.
The two practice sessions saw a fight between the Red Bulls and the Mercedes’, with all four drivers having occupied the top spot at one point during the session. Although one of the Mercedes drivers remains favourite to take pole tomorrow, it should definitely be an interesting battle come Q3.
Lotus was encouraged by their steady second practice. Romain Grosjean narrowly beat Kimi Raikkonen to a respectable fourth position, by five one thousandths of a second. There’s still room for improvement however, as they were half a second off the pace from front man Vettel.
Marussia young gun Jules Bianchi was on the sidelines for the duration of FP1 for reserve driver Rodolfo Gonzalez, but was back in the car for the afternoon session. Unfortunately it wasn’t Bianchi’s day as he only managed ten laps before he was hit with an upset stomach that concluded his run prematurely. Despite feeling under the weather he still managed to go six-tenths of a second quicker than teammate Max Chilton, who completed 29 more laps.
It wasn’t the session Toro Rosso was aiming for after such a great performance last week at Silverstone. The team found their drivers outside the top 10 with Daniel Ricciardo twelfth and Jean-Eric Vergne one spot behind.
2013 German Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Session Times:
|1.||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:30.416||39|
|2.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:30.651||+ 0.235||38|
|3.||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing Renault RB9||1:30.683||+ 0.267||41|
|4.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:30.843||+ 0.427||32|
|5.||Kimi Räikkönen||Lotus F1 Renault E21||1:30.848||+ 0.432||27|
|6.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:31.056||+ 0.640||39|
|7.||Felipe Massa||Scuderia Ferrari F138||1:31.059||+ 0.643||41|
|8.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04||1:31.304||+ 0.888||35|
|9.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:31.568||+ 1.152||37|
|10.||Paul di Resta||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:31.797||+ 1.381||40|
|11.||Adrian Sutil||Force India Mercedes VJM06||1:31.824||+ 1.408||34|
|12.||Daniel Ricciardo||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:31.855||+ 1.439||42|
|13.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8||1:32.055||+ 1.639||39|
|14.||Sergio Pérez||McLaren Mercedes MP4-28||1:32.086||+ 1.670||36|
|15.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:32.495||+ 2.079||39|
|16.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber Ferrari C32||1:32.762||+ 2.346||44|
|17.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Renault FW35||1:32.879||+ 2.463||35|
|18.||Pastor Maldonado||Williams Renault FW35||1:32.880||+ 2.464||36|
|19.||Charles Pic||Caterham Renault CT03||1:33.695||+ 3.279||38|
|20.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Renault CT03||1:33.804||+ 3.388||40|
|21.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:34.017||+ 3.601||10|
|22.||Max Chilton||Marussia Cosworth MR02||1:34.667||+ 4.251||39|