Mercedes 1-2 in opening German GP practice

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

Once again this weekend in Germany, Mercedes is proving their cars are the only ones that can win in F1 thanks to Aldo Costa’s genius design. Nico Rosberg set the pace in first practice for his home Formula 1 grand prix in Germany ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton. They comprised the Mercedes row a full 1-second clear of the rest.

Its nearest challenger was Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was just over a second back in third with his teammate 2/10th back in 4th completing the Ferrari row.

The Red Bull pair Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were fifth and sixth quickest, separated by 0.162s to make up the Red Bull third row.

Fernando Alonso was seventh fastest in his McLaren, followed by teammate Jenson Button, to complete the 4th row – the McLaren row.

Toro Rosso pair Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr rounded out the top 10, to complete the 5th row – the Toro Rosso row.

With all the cars lined up by team order it’s clear F1 is 99% car and 1 % driver.


Pos Driver Car/Engine Time Behind Laps F1 99% car 1% driver check
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m15.517s 0.000s 32 Mercedes Row
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m15.843s 0.326s 30 Mercedes Row
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m16.667s 1.150s 29 Ferrari Row
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m16.852s 1.335s 23 Ferrari Row
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.927s 1.410s 29 Red Bull Row
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m17.089s 1.572s 30 Red Bull Row
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.183s 1.666s 18 McLaren Row
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m17.612s 2.095s 15 McLaren Row
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m18.008s 2.491s 25 Toro Rosso Row
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m18.044s 2.527s 22 Toro Rosso Row
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.198s 2.681s 28
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m18.210s 2.693s 37 Williams Row
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m18.322s 2.805s 33 Williams Row
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.589s 3.072s 20 Haas Row but Leclerc new
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m18.591s 3.074s 35 Force India Row
16 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.628s 3.111s 29 Force India Row
17 Charles Leclerc Haas/Ferrari 1m18.882s 3.365s 32
18 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 1m18.933s 3.416s 35
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m18.961s 3.444s 22 Oops a Sauber split the Renault row
20 Esteban Ocon Renault/Renault 1m18.981s 3.464s 30
21 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m19.167s 3.650s 34 Manor Row
22 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m19.975s 4.458s 33 Manor Row

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