Sutil fastest in rain as Hamilton crashes

Adrian Sutil set the fastest time in a rain-hit first practice session at the Hockenheimring.

But McLaren’s hopes of gaining more useful information about their exhaust-blown diffuser were dashed when Lewis Hamilton crashed having done just eight laps.

Hamilton lost his McLaren at the exit of turn three, bounced across the grass and went into the barrier nose-first. The car rotated and hit the barrier at the left-rear corner causing significant damage.

Practice started on a very wet track which dried throughout the session.

Felipe Massa set the second fastest time after a series of spins on the drying track.

But the only other driver to join Hamilton in spinning out of the session was Bruno Senna, who got his HRT stuck in the gravel trap at the final corner in the final quarter of an hour.

Jenson Button improved to third at the end of an otherwise quiet session for McLaren.

Further rain is expected ahead of second practice in Germany.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.701 20
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.850 1.149 27
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.936 1.235 16
4 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.947 1.246 21
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.948 1.247 21
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.448 1.747 20
7 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.114 2.413 31
8 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’28.193 2.492 24
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’28.300 2.599 19
10 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.486 2.785 23
11 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’28.735 3.034 21
12 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.735 3.034 21
13 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’28.903 3.202 20
14 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.048 3.347 13
15 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’29.280 3.579 17
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.366 3.665 34
17 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’29.429 3.728 8
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.500 3.799 19
19 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’29.684 3.983 15
20 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.690 3.989 17
21 19 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.938 5.237 27
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’31.720 6.019 23
23 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.450 6.749 13
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’32.791 7.090 26

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41 comments on Sutil fastest in rain as Hamilton crashes

  1. manB said on 23rd July 2010, 11:57

    i think Sutil is one of the best drivers in wet. So if its raining we may see him on podium on race day as redbull, ferrari and hamilton will struggle to keep their car on track lol :)

  2. will hamilton be in practice 2? or was the damage to much? any news…

  3. Darren said on 23rd July 2010, 12:01

    Without fail, every race, people getting all excited about times in Practice 1. It doesn’t matter, teams are just setting up and running different configurations.

    Any one notice how Massa has become almost invisible this year? He hardly gets a mention.

    • Steph90 (@steph90) said on 23rd July 2010, 12:08

      Actually I’d prefer it if he was. All I’m hearing is how terrible he’s doing! :P

    • Jean said on 23rd July 2010, 12:15

      I agree with you – like I said above , Schu. 5 secs. slower than Rosberg , but they are trying things out in case of a wet race. Like the first Red Bull is P11 , but we know its the fastest car.

    • Tango said on 23rd July 2010, 12:23

      Massa likes the wet so much, he tries to wash water around as much as possible. The guy has done a Silverstone 08 like stunt.

  4. Jean D. said on 23rd July 2010, 12:34

    Sutil is showing remarkable consistency this year and has always been quick in the wet. As for Schumi, one can only marvel at his state of denial. His dreams of a title in 2011 are a pie in the sky. Mercedes should better approach Sutil than keep him in 2011.

    • Dorian said on 24th July 2010, 0:20

      You’re right….he is consistent and ballsy……I just wish he had some personality!!

  5. Tango said on 23rd July 2010, 12:37

    How bad is Yamamoto?

    That bad ! I would be very annoyed if I were Bruno or Karun.

    I did enjoy the later’s commentaries. Maybe we could put a mike in his helmet next time he races?

    “Oups, here go the Mc Larens, who next? Let’s hope it’s not Webber, I’m kinda sweaty when I know he is about to lap me!”

  6. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 24th July 2010, 3:11

    Nice to see Sutil there as well as Massa who had some spin but still manages to get a good lap time.The biggest surprise to me was Schumacher who finished 23rd,can anyone give me any reason as I missed some of the live blogging of the practice.

    I don’t know whether it will be wet on Saturday & Sunday if it is then we may see people like Mclaren, Force India & even Ferrari to take the challenge to the Red Bulls.

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