Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Hockenheim, 2012

Maldonado on top as Schumacher crashes in the rain

2012 German Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Pastor Maldonado, Williams, Hockenheim, 2012The rain remained at the Hockenheimring in the second hour-and-a-half of practice and this time it was even heavier.

Only Bruno Senna ventured out in the first quarter of an hour to check over his repaired car following Valtteri Bottas’s crash at the end of first practice.

As the rain eased and began to stop the cars filtered out onto the track, led by Jean-Eric Vergne who ran wide at turn eight on the soaked track as he set his first lap.

The track quickly filled up with the Ferrari and McLaren drivers among the last to join in. As the surface water began to lift the lap times fell quickly. The Ferrari pair were consistently among the quickest with Romain Grosjean regularly taking over at the top of the times as well.

The track passed the crossover point to intermediate tyres and drivers were beginning to consider slicks when the rain returned. At the same time race control were advising drivers they could use DRS again, fresh rain sent the cars back to the pits and DRS was swiftly deactivated again.

Pastor Maldonado had just set the fastest time before the conditions worsened, ahead of home drivers Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

A few drivers returns to the track for the final minutes of practice but two of them hit trouble. Daniel Ricciardo understeered off at the turn 13 hairpin in the Motodrom and came to a stop in the gravel trap without hitting anything.

But Michael Schumacher was not so fortunate when he lost control of his Mercedes one corner earlier. The W03 sustained front and rear damage as he bounced off the barriers. The session was red-flagged with four minutes remaining and not restarted.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.476 14
2 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.564 0.088 24
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.902 0.426 24
4 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.402 0.926 26
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’28.420 0.944 20
6 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’28.495 1.019 22
7 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.513 1.037 23
8 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.516 1.040 16
9 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’28.877 1.401 21
10 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’29.327 1.851 22
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’29.364 1.888 26
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’29.719 2.243 15
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’29.785 2.309 24
14 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.090 2.614 19
15 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’30.220 2.744 16
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’30.291 2.815 22
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’30.331 2.855 26
18 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’30.437 2.961 14
19 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’30.617 3.141 16
20 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.207 3.731 20
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’32.241 4.765 22
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’32.349 4.873 17
23 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’32.777 5.301 18
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’42.566 15.090 8

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