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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12 comments on “Maldonado on top as Schumacher crashes in the rain”

  1. You have to feel sorry for the teams. They’ve brought some nifty upgrades to test this gp and the last and all it’s done is rain. Poor buggers.

    1. Have Pirelli found a way to control the weather? Everywhere they take these new hard tyres, it rains.

  2. Another rainy FP and dry race weekend. Updates might not be able to switched on. Another set up gamble.

  3. Oh… well, bad luck

  4. Something begins to tell me that almost on every occasion in recent seasons that McLaren have brought a ‘major’ upgrade that it’s rained in Friday FP of the race weekend they’ve introduced it for.

    1. it sure is like that for the second year running now, and wasn’t 2009 a bit like that, when they could not run their update in Silverstone?

  5. Maldonado on pole… then in the refuel he gets mixed with the pack and crashes absurdly with another driver. And finally he states the other driver is a crybaby, while FIA sets another fine PDVSA can easily pay.

    1. On that basis, he has nothing to worry about then, as he’ll be running with a car full of fuel come race day.

      He wont get pole, cant read much into Friday practice at the best of times, let alone when it hammers it down with rain!

  6. Hope Schumacher’s moment doesn’t hinder him for the rest of the weekend.

    Frustrating that we can’t properly evaluate upgrades but tomorrow should be better for the weather.

  7. Since Pirelli came into F1 as the sole tyre supplier, both in 2011 and 2012 the British GP marks the start of a long period of wet races…

    1. I am hoping this year for the first wet Singapore Grand Prix!!!!

  8. These wet races continue to ruin the potential of the better teams, because of which 2012 will be remembered as the season of great parody but in reality a season of some teams getting simply lucky.

    The combination of DRS, Pirelli Tires and far too many wet sessions have made this season one of the least competitive seasons in the last twenty years. How boring, I miss the Schumacher days when the Ferrari kicked everybodys ass. Dominate and Crush, that is how the competition should be handled. Real race fans feel this way don’t they??

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