Adrian Sutil has done his now-customary wet-weather display by comfortably heading the timesheets in the opening practice session for the German Grand Prix, which, you guessed it, was held in mixed conditions.

HFP1 - Adrian Sutilowever, it was rather pear-shaped down at McLaren with Lewis Hamilton had a mighty shunt during the session, comprehensively ruining three corners of his McLaren Mercedes.

The former World Champion – who was a victor the last time the F1 circus visited Hockenheim – overcorrected through a puddle at Turn 3, 70 minutes into the session. His car snapped to the right and across the grass, where he mangled three corners of the car after collecting the wall.

For Sutil the wet-weather specialist, it was a trouble-free opening practice session, where he was a feature throughout the latter half of the session as conditions began to improve. His best time of 1:25.701 – over a second quicker than any rival – was set when the track was at its driest.

A surprise second-quickest was none other than Felipe Massa – never known as a driver able to master damp track conditions – who managed a quick time but was his more typical all-at-sea self in the conditions for much of the 90-minute session. The Brazilian driver had no less than five wild moments in his Ferrari, where he either swapped ends or went sailing across the grass.

Despite complaining about the handling of his McLaren, Jenson Button posted the third-quickest time of the 24-strong field.

He was followed by three of the 2010 grid’s other wet-weather stylists, Rubens Barrichello in the Williams, Vitaly Petrov in Renault, and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes GP.

Both Toro Rossos featured highly on the timesheets for much of the session, with Sébastien Buemi winding up seventh-quickest at the end of the session, although team-mate Jaime Alguersuari fell down to 16th overall in the closing minutes of the session.

The mixed conditions saw some drivers who should have featured in the reckoning well down the order – either by misadventure or traffic – with the likes of Sebastian Vettel (11th), Mark Webber (14th), Fernando Alonso (19th) and Michael Schumacher (23rd) not featuring prominently.

In turn, that presented some of the lesser runners with moments in the sun. Most notable of these was Timo Glock, whose rather ordinary Virgin VR-01 seemed to revel in the damp environment, winding up in the giddily high position of 12th at the end of the session. Similarly, Jarno Trulli was 15th quickest in his Lotus.

2010 German GP Practice 1 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes 1:25.701 20
2. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 1.149 27
3. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.235 16
4. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.246 21
5. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.247 21
6. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 1.747 20
7. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.413 31
8. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 2.492 24
9. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA_thumb2[1] Force India Mercedes + 2.599 19
10. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 2.785 23
11. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault + 3.034 21
12. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 3.034 21
13. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 3.202 20
14. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 3.347 13
15. Jarno Trulli ITA_thumb2[1] Lotus Cosworth + 3.579 17
16. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 3.665 34
17. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 3.728 8
18. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 3.799 19
19. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 3.983 15
20. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 3.989 17
21. Fairuz Fauzy MAS_thumb[1] Lotus Cosworth + 5.237 27
22. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 6.019 23
23. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 6.749 13
24. Sakon Yamamoto JPN HRT Cosworth + 7.090 26

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