Red Bull ends opening day on top in Germany

Mat Coch

Saturday 21st July, 2018 - 1:06am


Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull has ended the opening day’s running at the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim fastest in both practice sessions thanks to Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Ricciardo proved narrowly faster than Lewis Hamilton in the opening session before Verstappen topped the timing in Practice 2.

Verstappen’s afternoon pace came despite an oil leak that kept the Dutchman in the garage in the latter stage of the session.

It proved only a minor inconvenience as Verstappen returned to the circuit in the final minutes in a session that saw him focus on qualifying pace.

Verstappen’s best lap, a 1:13.085s, lowered the Hockenheim track record.

Across the garage, and facing a rear-of-grid start on Sunday following a host of engine component changes, Ricciardo focused on race pace to end the second session just 13th.

Like in the first session, Hamilton was less than a tenth off the pace in Practice 2 with Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas improving by 0.8s between session to progress from fifth to third.

Ferrari again looked to be keeping its powder dry, lapping 0.2s off the pace in both sessions though Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen ran without issue.

McLaren again endured a difficult day, with Stoffel Vandoorne propping up the timing sheets in both sessions.

Fernando Alonso was among the midfield runners in opening practice but tumbled down the order in Practice 2 as the two McLaren’s look at risk of being cut from the first part of qualifying on Saturday.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson ended the second session 19th after sitting out opening practice in deference to Antonio Giovinazzi.

Brendon Hartley ended the day with the 16th best time in Practice 2, the New Zealander finding a second from the opening 90-minute session.

Ricciardo topped the opening practice session of the day by just 0.004s over Hamilton, with Verstappen third best ahead of Vettel, Bottas, and Raikkonen.

Saturday’s qualifying is preceded by final practice, which begins at 2000 AEST.

Result: German Grand Prix, Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Diff
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1:13.085
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.111 +0.026
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.190 +0.105
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.310 +0.225
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:13.427 +0.342
6 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:13.973 +0.888
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:14.189 +1.104
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:14.374 +1.289
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:14.496 +1.411
10 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:14.508 +1.423
11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:14.552 +1.467
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:14.592 +1.507
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1:14.682 +1.597
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:14.783 +1.698
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:14.793 +1.708
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 1:14.830 +1.745
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:14.836 +1.751
18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:15.269 +2.184
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:15.408 +2.323
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:15.454 +2.369


Result: German Grand Prix, Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Diff
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Renault 1:13.525
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.529 +0.004
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Renault 1:13.714 +0.189
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.796 +0.271
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.903 +0.378
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:14.267 +0.742
7 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:14.691 +1.166
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:14.853 +1.328
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:15.097 +1.572
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:15.282 +1.757
11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:15.415 +1.890
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:15.544 +2.019
13 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:15.629 +2.104
14 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:15.769 +2.244
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 1:15.864 +2.339
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:15.876 +2.351
17 Nicholas Latifi Force India Mercedes 1:16.023 +2.498
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 1:16.071 +2.546
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber Ferrari 1:16.136 +2.611
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:16.149 +2.624 comment policy reserves the right to deny any post that is abusive or offtopic. Users are encouraged to flag/report comments which should be removed.

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