• Rosberg stays on top in Germany

    Nico Rosberg stuck at the top of the timesheets in Hockenheim ahead of the German Grand Prix.

    On a slightly warmer track Rosberg’s best time was a tenth of a second off his quickest from first practice.

    Drivers had been told restrictions on track limits would not be enforced in the first practice session that policy changed in the afternoon.

    Ahead of the session teams were told each driver could only run wide at turn one a maximum of three times before being reported to the stewards, and some came close to using up all three ‘strikes’.

    Lewis Hamilton got within four-tenths of a second of his team mate after locking up at the Spitzkehre on his quickest lap and fighting oversteer at turn ten.

    Mercedes’ rivals were closer to them in the second session than in the first. Sebastian Vettel lapped within six-tenths of a second of Rosberg and both Red Bulls were eight-tenths off the pace.

  • Rosberg fastest in German practice

    Photo published for Nico Rosberg edges Lewis Hamilton in German Grand Prix practiceNico Rosberg set the quickest time of the session on super-soft tyres, posting a 1’15.517 which was over a second faster than his pole position time on F1’s last visit to the German circuit. Lewis Hamilton ended up three-tenths of a second off his team mate.

    The competition was over a second behind despite every driver in the top ten using super-soft tyres to set their best time. Sebastian Vettel was 1.1 seconds adrift, followed by team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

    The McLaren driver ended up seventh quickest, the Red Bulls separating him from his former team. With Button eighth ahead of the two Toro Rossos, the top ten was sorted nearly two-by-two.

    Grosjean had a spin late in the session at turn ten and finished in 14th place. Charles Leclerc took over the second Haas from Esteban Gutierrez in this session.

    The only other test driver in action was Esteban Ocon, who took over Jolyon Palmer’s Renault, but had to pit after reporting a power steering problem.

  • Hamilton crashes, Roberg goes fastest in Hungary

    Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets in second practice ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton crashed his Mercedes.

    Hamilton was on course to set the quickest lap time in the early stages of the session when his W07 snapped sideways entering turn 11. He skidded across the run-off and make contact with the barrier.

    But although red flags were immediately shown to stop the session, Hamilton was able to drive his car back to the pits. Nonetheless he took no further part in the session as Mercedes investigated the extent of the damage.

    That left Nico Rosberg to lead the way for Mercedes. While Hamilton was unable to set a time on the super-soft tyres, Rosberg lowered the best time of the weekend so far to a 1’20.435.

    Red Bull revealed their one-lap pace on the same rubber but Daniel Ricciardo was not able to get within half a second of Rosberg’s time. The only other drivers to lap the Hungaroring within a second of Rosberg’s time was Sebastian Vettel.

    Despite only doing a single flying lap Hamilton ended the session fifth-quickest behind Max Verstappen, who made a mistake on his quickest run.

    As in the first session the McLarens were the fourth-quickest team. Fernando Alonso, running with a new power unit after Honda spotted a potential problem developing during first practice, was seventh behind Kimi Raikkonen, and less than a tenth faster than team mate Jenson Button. The Force India pair completed the top ten.

    The final stages of the session saw reliability problems force Felipe Nasr’s Sauber and Carlos Sainz Jnr’s Toro Rosso to stop.

  • Hamilton tops final practice session in Silverstone

    Lewis Hamilton topped a shortened final practice for the British Grand Prix, a session that was red-flagged after a massive crash for Marcus Ericsson.

    The Sauber crashed against the wall at Stowe with some 20 minutes left, forcing the session to be stopped while his car was recovered.

    As the barrier suffered significant damage, work had to be carried out for several minutes, the action resuming with five minutes to go.

    Hamilton ended on top with a 1:30.904 set on soft tyres, outpacing teammate Nico Rosberg by less than a tenth, the German returning to action after missing all of yesterday’s second practice.

    Red Bull was again Mercedes’ closest challenger, with Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen third and fourth respectively.

    Sebastian Vettel finished in fifth in the quickest Ferrari, but the German lamented suffering gearbox problems as he completed his final flying lap.

    “I think we failed the gearbox again,” said Vettel.

    Teammate Kimi Raikkonen wound up ninth behind Valtteri Bottas, Fernando Alonso and Nico Hulkenberg.

  • Hamilton tops British GP practice

    Lewis Hamilton headed his team mate Nico Rosberg by just three hundredths of a second to go fastest in the first practice session in Silverstone.

    Both W07s set their fastest time on medium compound tyres, Lewis Hamilton leading the way by just three hundredths of a second. The pair had eight tenths of a second in hand over their closest pursuers, the first of which used soft tyres to set their times.

    They were led by Nico Hulkenberg, the Force India driver pipping fellow soft tyre running Sebastian Vettel by nine-thousandths.

    Vettel ran with the new Halo head protection prototype on his car for his first run but the structure was removed for subsequent runs. He also reported a gearbox problem as he returned to the pits – the Ferrari drivers has already had two grid penalties for gearbox changes this season.

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