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Free Practice 1

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The flag is out and Jenson Button was quickest in opening practice for the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. See you at 1pm.

2' 

Bottas locked his rear tyres entering the left-hander and lost control.

4' 

Bottas spins backwards at the Sachs curve and his Williams hits the barrier.

6' 

Alonso, Schumacher and Perez form the rest of the top five.

8' 

Hamilton with a 1:17.093 to go second behind team-mate Button.

10' 

Schumacher improves to second place behind Button with a lap of 1:17.382.

12' 

A busy track for the final stanza of the session with Button still top of the timesheets.

14' 

The shower has passed and Ricciardo is told over the team radio that he has eight timed laps to complete.

16' 

Kobayashi clocks a 1:24 lap on intermediates as Perez returns to the garage.

18' 

Both Sauber drivers are back out on intermediate tyres.

20' 

In other F1 news this morning, France's Socialist government has asked the country's motorsport federation to look into the possibility of holding a Formula One Grand Prix at the Magny-Cours circuit that hosted the race before it fell off the calendar.

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The track is empty as the rain falls.

24' 

Massa was the last man on track but now heads back to the Ferrari garage.

26' 

The rain is falling again and many drivers are returning to the pits.

28' 

Now Hulkenberg goes second with 1:17.599 in the Force India.

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Rosberg goes third in the Mercedes with a 1:17.915.

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Vettel was the penultimate driver to record a lap time, he moves up to 10th spot with a time of 1:19.264 on his third effort.

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Alonso now second fastest with 1:17.795 ahead of Hamilton, Hulkenberg and Schumacher. All change but Button still top.

36' 

A dry track and a busy track with 21 drivers out there.

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Almost a calamity for Jean-Eric Vergne who runs wide onto the kerb when exiting Turn 1 at high speed.

40' 

Maldonado finally completes a timed lap and is ninth fastest with 1:21.031.

42' 

Ricciardo moves up to fifth with a 1:19.723 lap.

44' 

At halfway, Jenson Button tops the timesheets with a time of 1:16.595 ahead of Grosjean, Perez and Bottas.

46' 

17 drivers have posted a flying lap time so far - Vettel, Alonso and Schumacher among the seven who have not.

48' 

Massa is the only man on track and lapping slowly in the slippery conditions.

50' 

But now it is raining a lot harder and Bianchi runs wide at Turn 8.

52' 

Several drivers are testing the experimental hard compound.

54' 

Massa reports the track is fine and the McLarens and Ferraris head out.

56' 

The team wants to use the test to check on the benefits of the design, but it is unlikely to race it this weekend. However, it is hoping to use it later on in the season when it could be valuable at the higher downforce tracks. Although the exact details of how the Lotus system works are not known, it is understood to operate in a very different way to the Mercedes design - despite making use of the same 'loopholes' in the regulations as its rival.

58' 

Lotus is set to give a track debut to its version of 'double-DRS' at Hockenheim with the team hoping to gain as much valuable test mileage on it as possible.

60' 

Conditions are now drying up quickly.

62' 

Race control now confirms a wet track but Vergne and Vettel continue to lap on slicks.

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And now the Australian returns to the pits.

66' 

Webber runs wide in the slippery conditions.

68' 

The rain, just as at Silverstone, is a major obstacle for the teams wanting to get extra running with the experimental Pirelli hard tyres.

70' 

Button back in the pits as it continues to spit with rain.

72' 

Grosjean is second fastest in the Lotus but over a second behind Button.

74' 

Button improves at the top of the timesheets with a 1:17.240.

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Button with the first proper flying lap of the day, 1:18.759 is the time.

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Button heads out again.

80' 

Jenson Button is hopeful that McLaren's major upgrade package for the German Grand Prix will put the team back in contention near the front of the field. The revised MP4-27 is visually different, especially in the sidepods.

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Massa was the last man to take to the track for an install.

84' 

A few light drops of rain begin to fall as most drivers return to the pits after one to three-lap installation efforts.

86' 

Jules Bianchi is once again testing for Force India today. He heads out for an installation run.

88' 

Vergne and Ricciardo are the first onto the circuit for Toro Rosso.

90' 

The session begins as Pirelli makes its debut with soft and medium rubber on offer.

08:55 

Expect the early runs to check installations, basic settings plus some aerodynamic tests before the teams move over to baseline set-up work and tyre evaluation.

08:50 

Conditions are cool and overcast but dry as we await the start of the first session.

08:45 

Welcome to opening practice for the German GP from Hockenheim.