FP1: Mercedes dominant in opening practice

Friday 05th July 2013, 10:47 by TF1T Staff 

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Mercedes looked dominant in the opening practice session for the German Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton looks to have continued his good form from Britain to his team's home race.

Hamilton's best time of 1:31.754 was enough to put him two tenths ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg, but most impressively a second ahead of the nearest rival outfit, Red Bull.

It was Mark Webber in third ahead of Adrian Sutil and Kimi Raikkonen.

The session was one of the busiest FP1's seen in years as the drivers looked to get to grips with Pirelli's revised tyres following the failures at Silverstone last weekend.

All the drivers bar Fernando Alonso completed 16 or more laps, with the majority in the early 20s - which is somewhat unusual for first practice.

Alonso meanwhile didn't set a timed lap after his Ferrari stopped on the circuit with a suspected ECU software problem preventing him from getting back to the pits, which ended his session very prematurely.

FP1 Times - 2013 German Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:31.754   25
02. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:31.973 +0.219 25
03. M. Webber Red Bull 1:32.789 +1.035 22
04. A. Sutil Force India 1:32.822 +1.068 16
05. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:32.956 +1.202 22
06. F. Massa Ferrari 1:33.065 +1.311 18
07. J. Button McLaren 1:33.139 +1.385 24
08. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:33.213 +1.459 20
09. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:33.260 +1.506 27
10. S. Perez McLaren 1:33.456 +1.702 18
11. P. di Resta Force India 1:33.493 +1.739 18
12. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:33.810 +2.056 20
13. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:33.901 +2.147 23
14. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:33.976 +2.222 26
15. P. Maldonado Williams 1:34.025 +2.271 20
16. V. Bottas Williams 1:34.200 +2.446 22
17. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:34.437 +2.683 24
18. C. Pic Caterham 1:35.674 +3.920 23
19. M. Chilton Marussia 1:35.987 +4.233 19
20. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:36.078 +4.324 23
21. R. Gonzalez Marussia 1:37.459 +5.705 21
22. F. Alonso Ferrari No Time   2

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