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SEBASTIAN VETTEL ON TOP IN FP2

Vettel upped the ante in his bid to win his maiden German Grand Prix after setting the pace in Friday’s second practice session.

The triple world champion, who has never won in front of his home crowd, ended the day on top of the timesheets.

Vettel finished two tenths ahead of British Grand Prix winner Nico Rosberg with Lewis Hamilton in eighth after the Mercedes driver set the best time in Friday morning’s first practice session.

Fernando Alonso failed to post a time on Friday morning after an electrical fault with his Ferrari. But the Spaniard returned to the track, with the sixth best time of the afternoon.

Jenson Button, pointless from the last two races completed 37 laps around the Nurburgring but was 1.1 seconds down on Vettel’s best time.

Despite fears of a boycott there were no signs of the tyre debacle that marred last Sunday’s British Grand Prix.

Following the announcement of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association on Thursday night that they would boycott the race at the Nurburgring if there was any repeat of the catastrophic tyre failures which marred the British Grand Prix, all eyes were on the tyres.

But Pirelli’s revised rear construction, which sports bullet proof Kevlar technology, was up to the job in the opening session.

Pirelli motorsport chief, Paul Hembery, was the most sought out man in the paddock this morning. And after laying the blame at the door of the team for the Silverstone fiasco, Hembery did concede partial responsibility for the six blow-outs after failing to outlaw the of putting the rear tyres on the opposite way round.

‘I have to say last weekend was our responsibility,’ said Hembery. ‘We allowed the teams to invert the tyres when we shouldn’t have done.’ 

Hembery claimed to have been surprised by the strike threat by the GPDA, adding: ‘It was a little bit surprising given the meeting we had with them to go through it.

‘At the end of the day we have to make sure we don’t have any issues like we had at Silverstone. That’s the bottom line.

‘So we tried to explain the situation, what’s happened, where we’ve been this season, the different evolutions. 

‘Maybe it’s not always clear to them what goes on. There’s a lot of dynamic involved in the sport, different teams, different interests. ‘We also explained the changes here and the changes going forward, which we believe are in completely the right direction for them.’ 

The practice of swapping the rear tyres has now been banned while stringent new rules regarding tyre pressures and camber angles have also been introduced.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps

 1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m30.416s            39
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m30.651s  + 0.235s  38
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m30.683s  + 0.267s  41
 4. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault          1m30.843s  + 0.427s  32
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault          1m30.848s  + 0.432s  27
 6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m31.056s  + 0.640s  39
 7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m31.059s  + 0.643s  41
 8. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes               1m31.304s  + 0.888s  35
 9. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m31.568s  + 1.152s  37
10. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m31.797s  + 1.381s  40
11. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m31.824s  + 1.408s  34
12. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m31.855s  + 1.439s  42
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m32.055s  + 1.639s  39
14. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes       1m32.086s  + 1.670s  36
15. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari         1m32.495s  + 2.079s  39
16. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari         1m32.762s  + 2.346s  44
17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault       1m32.879s  + 2.463s  35
18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault       1m32.880s  + 2.464s  36
19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault       1m33.695s  + 3.279s  38
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault       1m33.804s  + 3.388s  40
21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth      1m34.017s  + 3.601s  10
22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth      1m34.667s  + 4.251s  39

GP2

Robin Frijns

Robin Frijns sets the pace in opening practice-
 
Hilmer Motorsport driver quickest at the Nurburgring…
 
Hilmer Motorsport resumed their display of speed in this morning’s free practice at the Nurburgring: rookie and Barcelona race winner Robin Frijns topped the session with a laptime of 1:39.838, one tenth quicker than Sam Bird. Rookie Mitch Evans completed the top three.
 
The session opened  under grey skies but on a dry track. The twenty-six cars fed to the track on Medium Pirelli tyres as soon as the lights turned green. The times tumbled quickly until Series leader Stefano Coletti set the early pace in a 1:40.340, six tenths of a second quicker than closest rival James Calado. But Frijns was on a mission this morning and topped the timesheet after he found some extra pace to better the Monegasque’s laptime by nine hundredths. Tom Dillmann moved up to third, but his teammate Bird was the first man to break under the 1m40s barrier. The Brit set the first two sectors in purple and improved in the third sector to claim the top spot with a laptime of 1:39.962.
 
Just before the session hit the hallway mark, Frijns put his head down and edged Bird out of the top improving the Brit’s laptime by one tenth of a second. The Dutchman made his way back to the pits along with most of the field. Fabio Leimer moved up to P3 just before returning to the pits as well. Stéphane Richelmi was also on a flyer with a quickest first sector and an improved second sector, but the DAMS man rejoined the pits before completing his lap. With most of the drivers back into the pits, Evans enjoyed a clear track to improve his personal best and claim third spot.
 
The final minutes of the session did not see any changes at the top of the standings and was trouble-free except for a small scare from Calado who ran a bit too wide, but managed to rejoin the track safely. At the chequered flag, Frijns led the pack ahead of Bird, Evans, Leimer, Coletti, Calado, Jolyon Palmer, Dillmann, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Rene Binder.
 
The qualifying session will take place at 15.55 (local time). No doubt that teams and drivers will give the Super Soft tyres a spin to try and claim the pole position.
Nurburg – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:39.838
14
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:39.962
13
3.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:40.165
12
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:40.304
12
5.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:40.340
13
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:40.425
13
7.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:40.457
13
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:40.509
13
9.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:40.533
13
10.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:40.652
14
11.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:40.782
14
12.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:40.797
13
13.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:40.813
15
14.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:40.830
14
15.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:40.883
13
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:40.941
12
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:40.949
14
18.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:40.951
12
19
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:40.982
13
20.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:41.096
15
21.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:41.230
13
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:41.356
13
23.
Fabrizui Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:41.500
14
24.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:41.709
14
25.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:41.805
12
26.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:42.324
12