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German GP: Vettel tops Practice 2
Vettel is focused
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in second practice at the Nurburgring with a time of 1m30.416s, ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber.

Romain Grosjean was fourth for Lotus, 0.427s back. His teammate Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, with Fernando Alonso sixth and Felipe Massa seventh.

Lewis Hamilton did full tank runs and finished in eighth spot, with Jenson Button ninth and Paul di Resta rounding out the top 10 for Force India.

The Formula 1 media can often seem like bloodhounds, as they doggedly follow a story, long after the scent has faded. That’s been the case so far in Germany, where the tire problems at the British Grand Prix have filled many column inches and taken up several gigabytes of web space. Pirelli has come up with a solution for the weekend and today, no one, including the two Scuderia Ferrari drivers had any specific problems. That’s good news and there was more of that from the Prancing Horse camp, as the F138s certainly seemed more at ease at the Nurburgring, showing a pace that was more like what we had seen in the races prior to last weekend in Silverstone.

However, the day was not exactly trouble free, as Fernando Alonso’s car suffered an electrical problem in the opening minutes of the morning practice and effectively took no more part in the rest of the session. Felipe encountered no such difficulties and by the afternoon, the Brazilian was joined on track by his Spanish team-mate, so that by the end of the day, Felipe had done 59 laps – one short of Sunday’s race distance – and Fernando completed 41 on his way to sixth place on the time sheet, one place ahead of Felipe.

Although the tires worked fine, it’s clear there is quite a difference in the behavior of the Medium Prime and the Soft Option, so that working out the best strategy for Sunday is going to be an interesting exercise for everyone, while getting the very most out of the tires for tomorrow’s qualifying will also be one of the topics of tonight’s lengthy engineering meeting.

For a change, a Mercedes did not top the time sheet today, although Silverstone winner Nico Rosberg was second fastest, but the Friday “pole” went to series leader Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull. The German’s team-mate Mark Webber was third, followed by the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen. The weather has been dry all day and warmer, sunnier weather is forecast for Saturday here in the Eifel mountains.


Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m30.416s +0.000s 39
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m30.651s +0.235s 38
3 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m30.683s +0.267s 41
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m30.843s +0.427s 32
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m30.848s +0.432s 27
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m31.056s +0.640s 39
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m31.059s +0.643s 41
8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m31.304s +0.888s 35
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m31.568s +1.152s 37
10 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m31.797s +1.381s 40
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m31.824s +1.408s 34
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m31.855s +1.439s 42
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m32.055s +1.639s 39
14 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.086s +1.670s 36
15 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.495s +2.079s 39
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.762s +2.346s 44
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m32.879s +2.463s 35
18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m32.880s +2.464s 36
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m33.695s +3.279s 38
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m33.804s +3.388s 40
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.017s +3.601s 10
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.667s +4.251s 39

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