Rosberg leads first practice in Germany

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Germany, Hockenheimringde

Nico Rosberg started the German Grand Prix weekend in the best possible fashion by setting the fastest time in the first practice session, less than a tenth ahead of his team mate, Lewis Hamilton.

Third fastest was again Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, a normal position for him in first practice sessions. Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest and Jenson Button set the 5th best time, driving with a McLaren that has both new front and rear wings.

The session saw no major issues for anyone although many drivers went wide at several corners. Both Lotus drivers once again appeared to struggle badly, contrary to the team's expectations for this circuit. Lotus however have been at the forefront of FRIC development since 2008 and may find that removing the system will be a bigger deficit for them than for other teams.

Susie Wolff was also again in the car at Williams following her dismal debut at Silverstone where her car broke down just 4 laps into the session. This time around, she completed 22 laps, the best of which little more than two tenths shy of Felipe Massa's best. She did however commit two pitlane speeding infringements, resulting in a total fine of €2000.


16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:19.131-29
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:19.1960.06525
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:19.4230.29221
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:19.6970.56627
522Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:19.8330.70224
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:20.0970.96628
720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:20.1050.97432
87Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:20.2101.07921
926Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:20.3371.20628
1099Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:20.5051.37418
1119Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:20.5421.41119
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:20.5861.45523
1327Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:20.5921.46122
1411Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:20.5981.46724
1541Susie WolffWilliams-Mercedes1:20.7691.63822
1636Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:20.7821.65123
178Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:21.6032.47220
1813Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:21.8542.72330
1910Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:22.5723.44131
2017Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:22.9823.85124
219Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:23.2564.12535
224Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:23.2994.16822