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Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014Mercedes were once again on top today as the German Grand Prix weekend got underway in Hockenheim, with Rosberg and Hamilton fastest in both Friday practice sessions.

Nico Rosberg was fastest in the first session as he hoped to cap off a brilliant week with a win in his home country. He watched his country become victorious in the World Cup, the reason for his new helmet design, and then got married during the week. He was just a few thousandths ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who had been held up on a possibly quicker lap by Nico.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest, a much seen trend of first practice sessions throughout this year. The FRIC suspension system implemented by most teams this year had been banned in the run up to this race; with many believing that the pace of some teams may change. Ferrari seem to be one of those who have not been hurt by the ban.

Daniel Ricciardo was 4th fastest for Red Bull, with Jenson Button 5th in his McLaren. Their team-mates Sebastian Vettel and Kevin Magnussen were just behind, with Kimi Raikkonen 8th despite being delayed by a water pump problem.

After a disappointing Grand Prix weekend debut in Silverstone FP1, Susie Wolff was back in the cockpit of Valtteri Bottas’ Williams. Initially it looked as though she was to suffer more mechanical failures like she had done so in Britain, but she managed to bring the car back to the pits and then re-emerge to set the early pace. She managed to record a best lap that was just 2 tenths slower than team-mate Felipe Massa.

FP1 results:

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1’19.1310.00029
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’19.1960.06525
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’19.4230.29221
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’19.6970.56627
522Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’19.8330.70224
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’20.0970.96628
720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’20.1050.97432
87Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’20.2101.07921
926Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’20.3371.20628
1099Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’20.5051.37418
1119Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’20.5421.41119
1225Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-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

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Hockenheimring, 2014The heat escalated in the second practice session of the weekend, but not necessarily on the track. Temperatures had reached a high of 44C during FP1, but the scorching heat took the track temps to a blistering 58C in the second 90 minutes.

Lewis Hamilton took the top spot away from home hero Nico Rosberg in a session where heat became an issue in the reliability of the cars. The gap between the pair was just a few thousandths, with both drivers being warned to cool their cars throughout the session. Rosberg’s brakes were suffering in particular, with significant smoke spotted as he pulled into the pits at the end.

Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen completed the top 5, with Williams making gains as Massa took 6th. Button and Vettel were 7th and 8th, with Alonso and Bottas taking the final 2 top 10 positions. The FRIC ban seems to have closed the field up slightly, with only a second covering 1st and 10th place.

Both Caterham cars suffered mechanic set-backs during the session, with Kobayashi suffering a small fire at the rear of his car.

FP2 results:

Pos.No.DriverCarBest lapGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1’18.34138
26Nico RosbergMercedes1’18.3650.02439
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault1’18.4430.10235
47Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1’18.8870.54638
520Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1’18.9600.61940
619Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1’19.0240.68336
722Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1’19.2210.88040
81Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1’19.2480.90735
914Fernando AlonsoFerrari1’19.3290.98832
1077Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1’19.3851.04434
1199Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1’19.4171.07641
1226Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault1’19.4521.11127
1311Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1’19.5811.24028
1427Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1’19.5931.25232
1525Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault1’19.7601.41932
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1’20.1581.81735
178Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1’20.3582.01735
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1’20.5042.16340
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1’21.3282.98731
209Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1’21.8703.52921
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1’21.8983.55728
2210Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1’23.7285.38712

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