Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has topped the timesheets ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton by three-tenths of a second, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel over a second behind in third.

Rosberg’s best effort on the super soft tyre was over a second quicker than the Ferrari pair of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, while Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were well off the pace in fifth and sixth position respectively.

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso set the first timed lap of the day which was three-tenths quicker than the best time set in FP1 two years ago when Formula 1 last visited Hockenheim. The Spaniard, who is celebrating his 35th birthday today, finished the session in seventh position ahead of fellow McLaren driver Jenson Button.

The two Toro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten, although the gap to Rosberg’s benchmark was over 2.5 seconds.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson slotted into 11th ahead of the two Williams drivers of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, who spent the entire session running on the soft compound tyre with Massa completing his installation lap on the super softs.

Both Kevin Magnussen and Esteban Ocon, who deputised for Jolyon Palmer in FP1, also solely ran the soft compound, while Force India again spent the first practice session of the weekend running on the medium compound.

Charles Leclerc filled in for Esteban Gutierrez in the Haas and set a time good enough for 17th ahead of Magnussen and Felipe Nasr. Teammate Romain Grosjean struggled with brake and balance issues throughout the session and finished in 14th position behind the Williams drivers.

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