German Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

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FP2: An encouraging afternoon for Lotus F1 Team here at the Nürburgring saw both Kimi and Romain placed firmly in the top 5 times, with promising long run pace to boot…

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

Friday – Lotus Team Quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 5th/5th: “We tried quite a few things today; some were good and some were not, so we have a good idea of what to do tomorrow. Our long run pace wasn’t as good as it could have been as we were running with a different setup which would have taken too long to change back during the session, but we now know which setup works better so it’s not a worry. The rear tyres weren’t much different, but we already knew that from when we tried them in Canada.”

Romain Grosjean – 9th/4th: “We had a pretty good day today. We ran the Device in the morning to gather some data then went back to our previous package for the afternoon, where we played with the setup a little but spent most of the time analysing the new tyres. We made a step forward with the upgrades that were brought to Silverstone, and we’re seeing the benefit here as well. Getting temperature into the tyres can be a bit tricky for us in colder conditions, but today it wasn’t an issue which is a good sign. It’s only free practice, but the car feels ok so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was a fairly routine day for us. Romain ran the Device in the morning in order to gather more data, which we did, but there is no plan to run it for the rest of the weekend as any potential benefit is only marginal at this track. Kimi concentrated on setup work in the morning using the new slimline aero package. In the afternoon, both cars went with the slimline package. With Kimi’s car we tried a different aero setup at the rear, which didn’t deliver quite the results we wanted. Neither driver was 100% happy with their car today, but we look to be in reasonable shape on the soft tyre and on long runs too. We’ve certainly got some more pace to come from the car, so we’re hoping for a productive day tomorrow.”

FP1 Times: Practice Report

A dry but overcast start to the weekend here at the Nürburgring saw Kimi and Romain end the morning in P5 / P9 respectively; each trying out the other’s Silverstone upgrades as development of the E21 continues…

Pos Driver                Team                    Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                1m31.754s            25
 2. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m31.973s  + 0.219s  25
 3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m32.789s  + 1.035s  22
 4. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m32.822s  + 1.068s  16
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m32.956s  + 1.202s  22
 6. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m33.065s  + 1.311s  18
 7. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m33.139s  + 1.385s  24
 8. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m33.213s  + 1.459s  20
 9. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m33.260s  + 1.506s  27
10. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes        1m33.456s  + 1.702s  18
11. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m33.493s  + 1.739s  18
12. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari          1m33.810s  + 2.056s  20
13. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m33.901s  + 2.147s  23
14. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m33.976s  + 2.222s  26
15. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m34.025s  + 2.271s  20
16. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault        1m34.200s  + 2.446s  22
17. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari          1m34.437s  + 2.683s  24
18. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault        1m35.674s  + 3.920s  23
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth       1m35.987s  + 4.233s  19
20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault        1m36.078s  + 4.324s  23
21. Rodolfo Gonzalez      Marussia-Cosworth       1m37.459s  + 5.705s  21
22. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 no time               2

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