Sebastian Vettel climbed back on top of the timesheets on Friday afternoon

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:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:30.416   39
2. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:30.651 + 0.235 38
3. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB9 1:30.683 +  0.267 41
4. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:30.843 + 0.427 32
5. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E21 1:30.848 + 0.432 27
6. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:31.056 + 0.640 39
7. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F138 1:31.059 + 0.643 41
8. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W04 1:31.304 + 0.888 35
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:31.568 + 1.152 37
10. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:31.797 + 1.381 40
11. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM06 1:31.824 + 1.408 34
12. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:31.855 + 1.439 42
13. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR8 1:32.055 + 1.639 39
14. Sergio Pérez MEX McLaren Mercedes MP4-28 1:32.086 + 1.670 36
15. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Sauber Ferrari C32 1:32.495 + 2.079 39
16. Esteban Gutiérrez MEX Sauber Ferrari C32 1:32.762 + 2.346 44
17. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams Renault FW35 1:32.879 + 2.463 35
18. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW35 1:32.880 + 2.464 36
19. Charles Pic FRA Caterham Renault CT03 1:33.695 + 3.279 38
20. Giedo van der Garde NED Caterham Renault CT03 1:33.804 + 3.388 40
21. Jules Bianchi FRA Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:34.017 + 3.601 10
22. Max Chilton GBR Marussia Cosworth MR02 1:34.667 + 4.251 39

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