Rain makes for difficult session (German GP practice one interactive data)

There’s little that can be read into this morning’s wet practice session at the Hockenheimring.

If nothing else, the session gave us a chance to see how the different drivers copes with the challenging conditions and what kind of choices they would face in a rain-hit qualifying or race.

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With the rain stopping early on in the session the track got prrogressively drier and faster as can be seen from the times.

Giving an indication of how much faster, the first lap of the session was Jaime Alguersuari’s 1’41.068.

By the time 90 minutes was up Adrian Sutil had lowered the mark by 16 seconds. But he was still ten seconds off a typical dry lap time.

Some of the big names that appear towards the bottom of the times do so because they didn’t set a quick lap when the track was at its best – such as Michael Schumacher, who did his best time 47 minutes into the session.

Alguersuari was the first person to switch from wet weather tyres to intermediates. He made the change when the fastest time was Nico Rosberg’s 1’30.864. It took Alguersuari seven laps to beat that time.

If the teams find themselves facing similar conditions in qualifying expect them to start thinking about intermediate tyres when the front runners’ lap times drop towards 90 seconds.

They may well get a taste of that soon as thunderclouds are heading towards the Hockenheimring as the second practice session approaches.

Drivers’ best times

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Lap At time Laps
1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.701 17 89 20
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.850 1.149 26 84 27
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.936 1.235 15 91 16
4 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.947 1.246 18 89 21
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.948 1.247 17 87 21
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.448 1.747 19 83 20
7 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.114 2.413 24 69 31
8 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’28.193 2.492 23 69 24
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’28.300 2.599 16 87 19
10 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.486 2.785 22 71 23
11 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’28.735 3.034 18 62 21
12 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.735 3.034 20 92 21
13 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’28.903 3.202 15 78 20
14 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.048 3.347 12 58 13
15 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’29.280 3.579 16 91 17
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.366 3.665 25 61 34
17 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’29.429 3.728 6 67 7
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.500 3.799 17 89 19
19 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’29.684 3.983 11 62 15
20 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.690 3.989 16 60 17
21 19 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.938 5.237 26 90 27
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’31.720 6.019 22 78 22
23 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.450 6.749 6 47 13
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’32.791 7.090 25 91 26

Drivers’ ultimate laps

An ultimate lap is a driver’s three best sectors added together.

Car Driver Car Ultimate lap Gap Deficit to best
1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’25.683 0.018
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’26.836 1.153 0.014
3 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’26.844 1.161 0.104
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’26.936 1.253 0.000
5 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’26.947 1.264 0.000
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.356 1.673 0.092
7 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.471 1.788 1.264
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’27.651 1.968 1.252
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’27.906 2.223 0.394
10 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’28.078 2.395 0.115
11 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.114 2.431 0.000
12 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.425 2.742 0.061
13 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’28.526 2.843 0.209
14 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.747 3.064 0.682
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.014 3.331 0.352
16 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’29.048 3.365 0.000
17 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’29.066 3.383 0.618
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’29.280 3.597 0.000
19 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’29.377 3.694 0.123
20 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.690 4.007 0.000
21 19 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.879 5.196 0.059
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’31.419 5.736 0.301
23 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’31.774 6.091 0.676
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’32.260 6.577 0.531

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3 comments on Rain makes for difficult session (German GP practice one interactive data)

  1. Calum said on 23rd July 2010, 12:14

    I like the scatter graph, shows how inconsistent the rain makes everything.

  2. John H said on 23rd July 2010, 12:33

    If I were McLaren, I’d be sticking the old rear end back onto both cars and wait until a dry weekend before testing the EBD.

    Sometimes pushing developments through at any cost is not the right game plan. This weekend is no time to attempt to set the cars up for a changeable race with such a radical new package, considering the old car was pretty much the quickest in the wet before.

  3. Oliver said on 23rd July 2010, 16:30

    Nice pic of Hamilton in a Mclaren.
    Scatter plot looks like a cluster of stars. :-)

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