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F1: Lewis Hamilton emerges fastest in Germany

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Nico Rosberg set the pace in opening practice for the German Grand Prix on Friday morning before his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton beat him in the afternoon session.

Practice 1
In the first session, Rosberg lapped the 4.574km Hockenheim circuit in a time of 1m19.131 to go 0.065s quicker than Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso was third fastest in his Ferrari, about three tenths off Rosberg's pace, with Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull fourth ahead of Jenson Button's McLaren and Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

2014 German GP F1 Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG (Photo: WRI2)

Susie Wolff set the 15th fastest time behind the wheel of Valtteri Bottas’ Williams FW36-Mercedes.

Practice 2

After the lunch break, Hamilton once more came to the fore in the second practice to head Rosberg.

Interestingly, the Red Bull-Renaults were not that far behind the Mercedes. Montreal race winner Daniel Ricciardo was third, just one tenth of a second back on Hamilton.

2014 German GP F1 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari (Photo: WRI2)

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest in his Ferrari ahead of  Kevin Magnussen in a steadily improving McLaren.

Brazilian Felipe Massa was fifth in his Williams-Mercedes although he did show particularly strong long-run speed late in the session.

Jenson Button (McLaren), Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing), Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) and Valtteri Bottas (Williams) completed the Top 10.

2014 German GP F1 Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing (Photo: WRI2)

With the ambient temperature at over 30 degrees C throughout the afternoon, track temperatures hit 58C, the highest so far this season. The high temperatures are not expected to last, with a changeable weather forecast for the rest of the weekend, including a possibility of rain.

German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, free practice 1*:
1 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W05) - 1m19.131 - 29 laps
2 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W05) - 1m19.196 - 25
3 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F14 T) - 1m19.423 - 21
4 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1m19.697 - 27
5 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4-29-Mercedes) - 1m19.833 - 24
6 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1m20.097 - 28
7 - Kevin Magnussen (McLaren MP4-29-Mercedes) - 1m20.105 - 32
8 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F14 T) - 1m20.210 - 21
9 - Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1m20.337 - 28
10 - Adrian Sutil (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1m20.505 - 18
11 - Felipe Massa (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1m20.542 - 19
12 - Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1m20.586 - 23
13 - Nico Hulkenberg (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1m20.592 - 22
14 - Sergio Perez (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1m20.598 - 24
15 - Susie Stoddart (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1m20.769 - 22
16 - Giedo Van der Garde (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1m20.782 - 23
17 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1m21.603 - 20
18 - Pastor Maldonado (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1m21.854 - 30
19 - Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1m22.572 - 31
20 - Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 1m22.982 - 24
21 - Marcus Ericsson (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1m23.256 - 35
22 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 1m23.299 – 22

German Grand Prix, Hockenheim, free practice 2*:
1 - Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W05) - 1m18.341 - 38 laps
2 - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W05) - 1m18.365 - 39
3 - Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1m18.443 - 35
4 - Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F14 T) - 1m18.887 - 38
5 - Kevin Magnussen (McLaren MP4-29-Mercedes) - 1m18.960 - 40
6 - Felipe Massa (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1m19.024 - 36
7 - Jenson Button (McLaren MP4-29-Mercedes) - 1m19.221 - 40
8 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1m19.248 - 35
9 - Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F14 T) - 1m19.329 - 32
10 - Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1m19.385 - 34
11 - Adrian Sutil (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1m19.417 - 41
12 - Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1m19.452 - 27
13 - Sergio Perez (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1m19.581 - 28
14 - Nico Hulkenberg (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1m19.593 - 32
15 - Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1m19.760 - 32
16 - Pastor Maldonado (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1m20.158 - 35
17 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1m20.358 - 35
18 - Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1m20.504 - 40
19 - Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 1m21.328 - 31
20 - Marcus Ericsson (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1m21.870 - 21
21 - Max Chilton (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 1m21.898 - 28
22 - Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1m23.728 - 12
*Unofficial timing