Practice 1: Alonso tops as Red Bull duo chase

Fernando Alonso ended the first practice session of the German GP weekend fastest of all

Fernando Alonso ended the first practice session of the German GP weekend fastest of all

Jul.22 (PVM with Reuters) Under overcast and gloomy skies Fernando Alonso started the German Grand Prix weekend as he ended the British Grand Prix weekend – top of the results sheets.

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel was thrid fastest in the opening practice session of his home Grand Prix

The Ferrari driver ended the first practice session at Nurburgring with a time of 1 minutes 31.894 seconds, which was 0.323 faster than the chasing Red Bull pair of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel who ended the session second and third respectively.

The world champion was top of the timing screens for most of the session.

Felipe Massa was fourth fastest in the other Ferrari.

Next up were the McLaren pair with Lewis Hamilton, fifth fastest, just over a second slower than Alonso’s best. Jenson Button ended the session sixth, albeit over half a second down on his team mate.

Thus the top three teams occupied the top six slots on the timing screens setting the scene for another epic Formula 1 weekend.

As has become the custom in this era of F1, teams were trying a vast array of tweaks and development parts in the morning session, while also sampling an updated version of Pirelli soft tyres. Friday’s have evolved into de facto testing days for teams in a time of no in season testing.

Karun Chandhok in the Lotus

Karun Chandhok in the Lotus

Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi suffered the only big incident when he spun off late in the session while Michael Schumacher ploughed through the gravel.

A decent crowd, which had earlier clogged the roads in the isolated area of western Germany, was in attendance with Force India reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg taking the first session instead of Paul Di Resta meaning seven Germans were on track.

Karun Chandhok struggled for pace in the Team Lotus having been given the drive in place of Jarno Trulli on Thursday – he ended the session over two seconds down on team mate Heikki Kovalainen

Narain Karthikeyan was back in the HRT, taking over from Vitantonio Liuzzi for the morning session only. The Indian was over half a second up on rookie Daniel ricciardo in ther sister car.

Thursday, 22 July – Practice 1 Results

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:31.894 30
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:32.217 0.323 24
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:32.268 0.374 27
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.681 0.787 23
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:32.996 1.102 18
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren 1:33.628 1.734 22
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:33.787 1.893 33
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:33.832 1.938 27
9 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:33.858 1.964 26
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:33.863 1.969 31
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:34.094 2.200 22
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1:35.115 3.221 23
13 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso 1:35.371 3.477 20
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams 1:35.389 3.495 24
15 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:35.444 3.550 22
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber 1:36.371 4.477 22
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus 1:36.392 4.498 29
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:36.842 4.948 29
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:36.882 4.988 27
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:38.504 6.610 22
21 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus 1:38.765 6.871 19
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT 1:39.279 7.385 24
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin Racing 1:40.109 8.215 23
24 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin Racing 1:40.428 8.534 22
  • Lightning McQueen

    GO ALONSO!!!!GO FERRARI!!!BEAT RED BULL N MCLAREN !!!