Hockenheim Practice 1: No change as Rosberg fastest without FRIC

Nico Rosberg fastest in FP1

Nico Rosberg fastest in FP1

Formula 1  Championship leader Nico Rosberg led team mate Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two in first practice for the German’s home grand prix on Friday.

The session was the first since the governing body ruled against a front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) systems and all teams presented their cars for scrutineering without the systems on Thursday.

The times indicated little change in the pecking order however, with Rosberg – wearing a revised German world cup winning tribute helmet – setting a fastest lap of o1:19.131 seconds and Hamilton a mere 0.065 adrift on a bright and hot Hockenheim morning.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who has won the last two races at the southern circuit which alternates with the Nurburgring, was third fastest and 0.292 off the pace.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest

Fernando Alonso third fastest

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, the only driver other than the Mercedes pair to win a race this season, was fourth fastest with quadruple champion team mate and last year’s German GP winner Sebastian Vettel sixth.

Fifth on the timing sheets was Jenson Button splitting the times of the Red Bull duo in his McLaren, with rookie teammate Kevin Magnussen seventh fastest.

Further back, Susie Wolff had a second chance to make her mark among the men after her involvement at Silverstone two weeks ago was cut short due to an engine problem.

The first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years managed 22 laps this time and ended up an impressive 15th fastest, only a fraction slower than the Force India of 14th placed Mexican Sergio Perez.

Daniel Ricciardo fourth fastest

Daniel Ricciardo fourth fastest

Perez had made headlines in Britain when he jokingly told a Spanish television reporter that he would not want to be beaten by a woman driver. His time on Friday of 1:20.598 compared to Wolff’s 1:20.769.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, the team’s experienced regular, was only 11th fastest with a best time of 1:20.542.

Wolff’s session was not without stress, however, and she hit trouble on her opening lap out of the garage when the car suffered a sensor problem. (GP 247)

 

German Grand Prix, Free Practice 1 – Friday, 18 July 2014
Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:19.131 29
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:19.196 0.065 25
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:19.423 0.292 21
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:19.697 0.566 27
5 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.833 0.702 24
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:20.097 0.966 28
7 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.105 0.974 32
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:20.210 1.079 21
9 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:20.337 1.206 28
10 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.505 1.374 18
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:20.542 1.411 19
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:20.586 1.455 23
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:20.592 1.461 22
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:20.598 1.467 24
15 41 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1:20.769 1.638 22
16 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:20.782 1.651 23
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:21.603 2.472 20
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:21.854 2.723 30
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:22.572 3.441 31
20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:22.982 3.851 24
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:23.256 4.125 35
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:23.299 4.168 22