Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013

Mercedes well ahead as Alonso misses session

2013 German Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nurburgring, 2013Mercedes were on top by a clear second in the first practice session for the German Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton headed the times with a 1’31.754 while team mate Nico Rosberg made a late improvement to end up just two tenths of a second slower.

The next quickest car behind the W04s was Mark Webber’s Red Bull on a 1’32.789.

Fernando Alonso’s weekend suffered a setback when his car stopped on the approach to turn five shortly after he left the pits.

His Ferrari was returned to the team’s garage and he returned to the track halfway through the session. But Alonso reported back he had the “same problem” and cruised back into the pits where he spent the rest of the session.

Team mate Felipe Massa was one of several drivers to report they were having problems with the DRS telemetry signal. They were later told to ignore conflicting messages and only use the device in the designated zones. Several drivers were reminded not to activate it too early at the exit of the last corner, which may have affected their lap times.

Massa ended up sixth fastest behind Adrian Sutil’s Force India and Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus.

Jenson Button was an encouraging seventh for McLaren, his race engineer saying they’d had a “good session” as the chequered flag came out. The second McLaren of Sergio Perez was also in the top ten behind Sebastian Vettel and Romain Grosjean.

The session passed without incident despite concerns over the tyres, which have been changed for this weekend’s race following the problems seen at Silverstone.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’31.754 25
2 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.973 0.219 25
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.789 1.035 22
4 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’32.822 1.068 16
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’32.956 1.202 22
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.065 1.311 18
7 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’33.139 1.385 24
8 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.213 1.459 20
9 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’33.260 1.506 27
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’33.456 1.702 18
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’33.493 1.739 18
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.810 2.056 20
13 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.901 2.147 23
14 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’33.976 2.222 26
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’34.025 2.271 20
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’34.200 2.446 22
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.437 2.683 24
18 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’35.674 3.920 23
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’35.987 4.233 19
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’36.078 4.324 23
21 22 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.459 5.705 21
22 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari No time 2

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