“German GP: Rosberg heads FP1”

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg headed the opening free practice session of this weekend’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

As the circuit held a temperature around 27°-28° Celsius, the championship leader’s best lap of 1:19.131 was more than enough to keep him ahead of Silver Arrows teammate Lewis Hamilton.

The field was out in force in the early session, as teams ran their 2014 machines without the current FRIC system, following its ban by FIA stewards. Practice was busy early as teams ran the Pirelli soft compound tyre, which was handed back at the 30-minute mark.

Behind the Mercedes duo was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, albeit three-tenths shy of the top time, while Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo ended the practice in 4th. Jenson Button (McLaren) closed out the top five, ahead of Sebastian Vettel who, in 6th place, was the first of the driver’s to not break the 1’20s barrier.
Vettel did head the early portion of the session with a 1:20.295; however as the field emerged for the second half of practice, times began to tumble considerably.

Kimi Raikkonen lost a chunk of the session to a mechanical failure in his Ferrari, as did Susie Wolff, whose Williams FW36 became stuck in 1st gear on her outlap. Fortunately both were able to rejoin the session, with Raikkonen lining up 8th and Wolff impressing in 15th, just two-tenths shy of her teammate Felipe Massa. Wolff did break the pitlane speed limit during the session, early a €1,000 fine.

2014 German Grand Prix (Rd 10, FP1)
Pos Driver               Team         Time
 1. Nico Rosberg         Mercedes     1:19.131
 2. Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes     1:19.196
 3. Fernando Alonso      Ferrari      1:19.423
 4. Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull     1:19.697
 5. Jenson Button        McLaren      1:19.833
 6. Sebatian Vettel      Red Bull     1:20.097
 7. Kevin Magnussen      McLaren      1:20.105
 8. Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari      1:20.210
 9. Daniil Kvyat         Tori Rosso   1:20.337
10. Adrian Sutil         Sauber       1:20.505
11. Felipe Massa         Williams     1:20.542
12. Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso   1:20.586
13. Nico Hulkenberg      Force India  1:20.592
14. Sergio Perez         Force India  1:20.598
15. Susie Wolff          Williams     1:20.769
16. Giedo van der Garde  Sauber       1:20.782
17. Romain Grosjean      Lotus        1:21.603
18. Pastor Maldonado     Lotus        1:21.854
19. Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham     1:22.572
20. Jules Bianchi        Marussia     1:22.982
21. Marcus Ericsson      Caterham     1:23.256
22. Max Chilton          Marussia     1:23.299

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