Daniel Ricciardo believes that Sunday’s German Grand Prix will be defined by tyre management if the blazing hot temperatures continue to plague the race weekend.

The Hockenheim circuit experienced respective ambient and track highs of 33ºC (91ºF) and 58ºC (136ºF) during Friday’s two practice sessions, adding to the challenge of both the Supersoft and Soft tyre compounds brought by Pirelli this weekend.

“I think the tyres and weather will define the race on Sunday,” the Red Bull Racing driver, who was third-fastest at the end of the day and just one-tenth of a second slower than Lewis Hamilton’s pace-setting Mercedes F1W05 Hybrid.

“We were happy with our progress and it seems to be one of the closer gaps for a while, but it’s tomorrow [in qualifying] when we’ll see how close we really are.

“I think we had a good car today and we extracted pretty much everything we could out of the practice. Hopefully we can have more of a fight with the leaders this weekend,” he concluded.

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8