Rosberg edges Hamilton in first session

By on Friday, July 18, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Championship leader Nico Rosberg edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton during the first practice session ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Rosberg’s time of 1:19.131, set on the Prime compound tyres, was 0.065s quicker than Hamilton as the Mercedes duo locked out the top positions on a hot morning at Hockenheim.

Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari, 0.292s down on pacesetter Rosberg.

Daniel Ricciardo set the fourth quickest time for Red Bull, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Kevin Magnussen finished in seventh in the McLaren MP4-29, while Kimi Räikkönen, Daniil Kvyat and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top 10.

The session was the first opportunity for the field to sample their cars without FRIC, which is not being used from this race after the FIA made it clear that any team using the device could be challenged by a rival.

A couple of drivers appeared to be struggling with the handling of their cars, although there were no major incidents in a session which took place in hot conditions.

Felipe Massa was 11th for Williams, ahead of Jean-Éric Vergne and the Force India pairing of Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez.

Susie Wolff returned to the cockpit of the Williams FW36 and after problems struck her debut run at Silverstone, more woes hit as her car became stuck in gear on her installation lap. Williams was nonetheless able to correct the problem and she ended the session 15th fastest, having completed 22 error-free laps.

She finished just ahead of Giedo van der Garde, who replaced regular Sauber driver Esteban Gutiérrez and ended in 16th place.

Lotus endured a disappointing session as Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado managed just 17th and 18th, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi, Jules Bianchi, Marcus Ericsson and Max Chilton.

PositionNumberDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes1:19.13129
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:19.1960.06525
314Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:19.4230.29221
43Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:19.6970.56627
522Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:19.8330.70224
61Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:20.0970.96628
720Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:20.1050.97432
87Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:20.2101.07921
926Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:20.3371.20628
1099Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:20.5051.37418
1119Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:20.5421.41119
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-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

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