Hamilton fastest as Wolff impresses in Germany

  • Saturday 19th July, 2014 12:59am
  • Author: SpeedCafe ©
Lewis Hamilton Germany 344x229 Hamilton fastest as Wolff impresses in Germany

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

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:19.131 29
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.196 0.065 25
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:19.423 0.292 21
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:19.697 0.566 27
5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.833 0.702 24
6 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:20.097 0.966 28
7 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.105 0.974 32
8 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.210 1.079 21
9 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:20.337 1.206 28
10 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.505 1.374 18
11 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:20.542 1.411 19
12 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:20.586 1.455 23
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:20.592 1.461 22
14 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:20.598 1.467 24
15 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1:20.769 1.638 22
16 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.782 1.651 23
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:21.603 2.472 20
18 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:21.854 2.723 30
19 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:22.572 3.441 31
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:22.982 3.851 24
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:23.256 4.125 35
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:23.299 4.168 22

Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.341 38
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:18.365 0.024 39
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:18.443 0.102 35
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.887 0.546 38
5 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.960 0.619 40
6 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:19.024 0.683 36
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.221 0.880 40
8 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:19.248 0.907 35
9 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:19.329 0.988 32
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:19.385 1.044 34
11 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.417 1.076 41
12 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:19.452 1.111 27
13 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:19.581 1.240 28
14 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:19.593 1.252 32
15 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:19.760 1.419 32
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:20.158 1.817 35
17 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:20.358 2.017 35
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.504 2.163 40
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:21.328 2.987 31
20 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:21.870 3.529 21
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:21.898 3.557 28
22 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:23.728 5.387 12

 

 

 

 

  • Margaret

    Come on Aussie Great to hear and read about 3rd in practice

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