Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in opening German GP practice

Vettel waves to the German crowd
Vettel waves to the German crowd

Sebastian Vettel, who crashed out while leading last year's German GP, turned the fastest lap in opening practice Friday morning at Hockenheim. With a fresh set of red compound Pirellis on, the German's lap of 1m14.013s was 0.255s faster than his Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc.

Lewis Hamilton was third quick for Mercedes, who are sandbagging until the heat subsides later in the weekend. The Mercedes is packaged so tight, cooling is an issue in hot weather.

Max Verstappen was 4th quick for Red Bull, while Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top-5 in the 2nd Mercedes but ended the session in the gravel at Turn 13.

Practice 1 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:14.013 +0.000s 21
2 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:14.268 +0.255s 25
3 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.315 +0.302s 32
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:14.330 +0.317s 28
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:14.660 +0.647s 28
6 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:14.813 +0.800s 23
7 55 Carlos Sainz Mclaren Renault 1:15.062 +1.049s 30
8 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:15.074 +1.061s 30
9 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:15.191 +1.178s 26
10 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:15.567 +1.554s 23
11 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Bwt Mercedes 1:15.604 +1.591s 24
12 4 Lando Norris Mclaren Renault 1:15.616 +1.603s 26
13 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:15.759 +1.746s 27
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:15.776 +1.763s 30
15 23 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:15.777 +1.764s 24
16 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:15.823 +1.810s 23
17 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:15.953 +1.940s 26
18 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:16.382 +2.369s 31
19 88 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes 1:16.559 +2.546s 27
20 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:17.126 +3.113s 23

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