Hamilton fastest as Wolff impresses in Germany

  • Saturday 19th July, 2014 12:59am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton edged team-mate and local hero Nico Rosberg to the fastest time in Friday practice for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The removal of front-to-rear interconnected suspension systems from all cars prior to the weekend failed to stop Mercedes scoring a one-two in both Friday sessions.

Hamilton proved just 0.024s quicker than world championship leader Rosberg in Practice 2, which the Briton had topped with a 1:18.34s effort.

Rosberg had earlier paced the opening session with a 1:19.13s best, proving 0.065s better than Hamilton.

Daniel Ricciardo ended the day best-of-the-rest, with his Red Bull a scant 0.10s from the ultimate pace.

Ricciardo had been fourth behind Rosberg, Hamilton and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso earlier in the day.

The Australian later stressed that his ability to fight the Mercedes drivers this weekend will depend on whether or not the Silver Arrows have more speed in reserve.

“Unlike other Fridays I don’t think we have got half a second in the car,” he said.

“We have extracted pretty much all of it today, so let’s see.

“Hopefully that was the best Mercedes pace as well and then we can have a fight on our hands.”

Kimi Raikkonen continued Ferrari’s encouraging form in the second session, ending up fourth, albeit more than 0.5s away from the Mercedes runners.

Kevin Magnussen took his McLaren, complete with updated rear wing, to fifth in Practice 2 ahead of Felipe Massa (Williams), Jenson Button (McLaren), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams).

For the second consecutive race weekend, Bottas had sat out Practice 1 to allow Williams test driver Susie Wolff laps aboard the FW36.

Having completed just four laps before engine failure at Silverstone, where she had become the first woman to drive an Formula 1 car in an official grand prix session in 22 years, the Scot’s run at Hockenheim got off to a shaky start as the car stopped on track during her first lap.

With the sensor issue resolved, Wolff went on to clock 22 laps, ending the session just 0.2s slower than team-mate Felipe Massa.

“It was tough at the beginning,” said Wolff, who ended the session 15th on the time sheets.

“But it was so nice to be out on track every lap, going quicker and getting more feel in the car.

“I’m just really happy to have completed a successful FP1 session.”

Practice 1

1Nico RosbergMercedes1:19.13129
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:19.1960.06525
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:19.4230.29221
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:19.6970.56627
5Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:19.8330.70224
6Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:20.0970.96628
7Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:20.1050.97432
8Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:20.2101.07921
9Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:20.3371.20628
10Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:20.5051.37418
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:20.5421.41119
12Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:20.5861.45523
13Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:20.5921.46122
14Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:20.5981.46724
15Susie WolffWilliams-Mercedes1:20.7691.63822
16Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:20.7821.65123
17Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:21.6032.47220
18Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:21.8542.72330
19Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:22.5723.44131
20Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:22.9823.85124
21Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:23.2564.12535
22Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:23.2994.16822

Practice 2

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:18.34138
2Nico RosbergMercedes1:18.3650.02439
3Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:18.4430.10235
4Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:18.8870.54638
5Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:18.9600.61940
6Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:19.0240.68336
7Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:19.2210.88040
8Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:19.2480.90735
9Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:19.3290.98832
10Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:19.3851.04434
11Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:19.4171.07641
12Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:19.4521.11127
13Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:19.5811.24028
14Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:19.5931.25232
15Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:19.7601.41932
16Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:20.1581.81735
17Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:20.3582.01735
18Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:20.5042.16340
19Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:21.3282.98731
20Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:21.8703.52921
21Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:21.8983.55728
22Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:23.7285.38712





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