Nico Rosberg fastest in Friday opening practice session, his team-mate Lewis Hamilton set second place, finishing less than one-tenth of a second.
Rosberg has strongly set his sights on winning this weekend’s race at Hockenheim. After British Grand Prix, he has got married and his country wins the FIFA World Cup and also renewed a new long-term deal with Mercedes.
It’s very close lap-time between the Mercedes duo, with title leader Nico Rosberg edging out Lewis Hamilton by 0.065 seconds. But Hamilton’s session was much interrupted. While the Brit’s pace was very impressive too.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set third fastest, just 0.292 seconds adrift of Rosberg at the front, as Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel finished in fourth and sixth place.
McLaren’s upgraded package perfectly works in Hockenheim; Jenson Button set fifth fastest, and team-mate Kevin Magnussen finished seventh ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Kimi had a problem on his car at the start of the session that forced him to sit in the pits for some time, but Ferrari soon fixed it and successively done 21 laps.
Williams’ speedy Susie Wolff encountered trouble once again after her milestone appearance at Silverstone ended unexpectedly.
She came to a stop on the track at Hockenheim because her FW36 got stuck in first gear, but following returning to the pits to fix the problem, the Scot was able to undertaking back out and complete 20 laps with a quickest time of 1:20.769s (15th fastest).
Toro Rosso speedy Daniil Kvyat and Sauber driver Adrian Sutil completed the top ten in the morning practice session time-sheet. (Images © Mercedes/daimler)