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.
TIMES – FREE PRACTICE 1 – GERMAN GP
|11||Di Resta||Force India||+1.739|
|20||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+4.324|