Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone test, 2014

Mercedes lead Alonso as usual in first practice

2014 German Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Silverstone test, 2014The first practice session for the German Grand Prix ran to its usual 2014 form with the Mercedes drivers on top and Fernando Alonso close behind in the Ferrari.

Nico Rosberg set the fastest time with a best lap of 1’19.131 on a hot morning at the Hockenheimring which saw track temperatures reach 44C.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton was fractionally slower than Rosberg – the pair separated by 0.065 seconds. But on more than one occasion Hamilton, running close behind Rosberg, caught his team mate at the end of the lap and lost time in the final sector as a result.

Hamilton’s final run was disrupted due to technical problem – he reported a loss of power and returned to the pits after a single lap, but did return to the circuit later on.

Alonso was less than three tenths of a second slower than the silver duo, continuing Ferrari’s run of strong Friday performances. But team mate Kimi Raikkonen was delayed by a water pump problem on his car early on.

Among the other drivers experiencing technical problems was Romain Grosjean, whose DRS jammed open on the approach to the Spitzkehre.

Susie Wolff was back at the wheel of the Williams and to begin with it looked as though she was in for a repeat of her Silverstone disappointment. She reported an upshift problem early in the lap and crawled back to the pits. However this time the fault was quickly rectified and she ended the session two-tenths of a second off team mate Felipe Massa.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’19.131 29
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’19.196 0.065 25
3 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’19.423 0.292 21
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’19.697 0.566 27
5 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’19.833 0.702 24
6 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’20.097 0.966 28
7 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’20.105 0.974 32
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’20.210 1.079 21
9 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.337 1.206 28
10 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.505 1.374 18
11 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’20.542 1.411 19
12 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’20.586 1.455 23
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’20.592 1.461 22
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’20.598 1.467 24
15 41 Susie Wolff Williams-Mercedes 1’20.769 1.638 22
16 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’20.782 1.651 23
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’21.603 2.472 20
18 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’21.854 2.723 30
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’22.572 3.441 31
20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’22.982 3.851 24
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’23.256 4.125 35
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’23.299 4.168 22

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