F1 2013

Mercedes prove their point – Germany FP1

Mercedes set a stunning pace in FP1 for Sunday’s German Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg lapped the Nurburgring almost a second faster than any of their nearest rivals.

The changes made to the tyres provided by manufacturer Pirelli since incidents in Silverstone last weekend seem to suit the Anglo-German team who once again proved they now possess Formula One’s fastest car.

There were strong showings from Mark Webber and Adrian Sutil respectively, while McLaren also showed a degree of better pace in their bid to bounce back from pointless races in Canada and Britain.

The session got off to a bad start for Fernando Alonso and Ferrari as the Spaniard ground to a halt a mere three corners from the pit exit with a suspected ECU failure, and although his car was recovered to the pits, the problem struck again the instant he ventured out for his second attempt – thwarting his efforts to set a laptime. Things got even worse for the Scuderia when Felipe Massa’s car experienced maladies of its own that kept the Brazilian in the garage at the end of the session.

Rodolfo Gonzalez stood in for regular Marussia driver Jules Bianchi as he gained more seat time and experience at the Russian team.

Ferrari's weekend got off to a dismal start.

Ferrari’s weekend got off to a dismal start.

TIMES – FREE PRACTICE 1 – GERMAN GP

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:31:754
2 Rosberg Mercedes +0.219
3 Webber Red Bull +1.035
4 Sutil Force India +1.068
5 Raikkonen Lotus +1.202
6 Massa Ferrari +1.311
7 Button McLaren +1.385
8 Vettel Red Bull +1.459
9 Grosjean Lotus +1.506
10 Perez McLaren +1.702
11 Di Resta Force India +1.739
12 Hulkenberg Sauber +2.056
13 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +2.147
14 Vergne Toro Rosso +2.222
15 Maldonado Williams +2.271
16 Bottas Williams +2.446
17 Gutierrez Sauber +2.683
18 Pic Caterham +3.920
19 Chilton Marussia +4.233
20 Van Der Garde Caterham +4.324
21 Gonzalez Marussia +5.705
22 Alonso Ferrari No Time
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