And the chequered flag comes out. Vettel is quickest from Rosberg, Webber, Grosjean, Raikkonen, Alonso and Massa. It’s set fair for an interesting weekend and NO TYRE FAILURES so far! Join us again for FP3 at 9.00 GMT, 10.00 BST.
Free Practice 2
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Looking at a three stop race strategy if the medium tyre works fine for 22 or so laps as Webber has proven.
The session seems to have proven that the medium is definitely the better option race tyre.
Kimi is pitting for prime tyres. He says he’s getting some graining.
The Mercedes drop off in pace on the softs has been fairly alarming but that’s where they have struggled this season.
Five minutes remaining and Red Bull and Ferrari have looked good. Webber being told cars have been struggling with the rear tyres on options.
Webber finally in after 22 laps on the medium rubber. He bolts on softs for his final stint.
As always we’re not sure about the fuel loads but Massa has been consistently in the low 1:37s on the soft tyres and that’s good.
Only the unwell Bianchi not currently on track.
Into the final ten minutes and Vettel leads. He’ll stay there and Red Bull have shown good pace on both compounds. Remember, Vettel has never won his home race…
Rosberg still comparing well to the Red Bulls but Hamilton appears to have dropped off. A very stable tyre, the medium compound, as the fuel loads get lower.
Raikkonen has made some rear end changes to the Lotus.
Sadly for Hamilton, Vettel was half a second quicker over the lap. Red Bull looking strong.
Webber dials in a strong lap on his 17th lap on the medium compound tyre. Definitely the tyre to go for at the moment.
Hamilton behind Vettel on the track and being told he’s on the same tyre so is a good reference point.
A lot of late action. Only two cars still in the pits.
@WilliamsF1Team Pastor is on soft tyres while #BOTTAS heads out on mediums
Webber unhappy at being blocked by Grosjean’s Lotus and gesticulates angrily as he passes him.
It may be that if the temperatures rise on Saturday as expected, that may be a better working temperature for the soft compound.
Vettel has been informed he experienced normal levels of wear on the soft tyres on his long run and that the mediums had less of a drop off. That’s understandable.
Rosberg was losing about a second a lap on the soft compound over nine laps.
Rosberg has now switched back to the mediums as a result.
Rosberg started on the 1:37s and is now into the 1:39s on the option. It’s pretty high degradation.
Hamilton told he’s on a relatively short stint and to expect tyre graining.
@MyCaterhamF1 Both cars now on long runs. @Charles_Pic1 on the softs, @GvanderGarde the mediums & we're about to find out more about the deg levels here
Most teams now running the long stints. Pace drop-off around 5 seconds a lap with the degradation.
Sutil back out on the medium compound to conduct a long run until the end.
@Marussia_F1Team Thanks for all your warm wishes for Jules. He's a very fit young man so we hope he'll be 'right as rain' for tomorrow. Resting now will help.
Sauber’s Hulkenberg suffering front graining. He’s not the only one.
Jules Bianchi will not be back out today as he has a stomach upset!
Vettel is conducting his run on the soft compound rubber, Webber on the hard.
Vettel 5.4 seconds off the pace on his long run.
Still Vettel top from Rosberg and Webber.
@InsideFerrari The two F138 in the pits, will start soon again to make the usual long run practice. 37 minutes to go.
We’re now onto long run simulations, Webber back on the medium tyre. The times could remain as they are.
Another lock up into turn 1, this time for British GP winner Rosberg.
Di Resta goes out on the soft compound for the first time.
Despite the car looking a handful, Raikkonen goes P4 behind Webber.
Vettel now on a long run programme.
And he has massive understeer towards the exit on turn two and briefly leaves the circuit before rejoining.
Raikkonen bolts on the softs and out he goes!
@MyCaterhamF1 1.33.804 for @GvanderGarde on his performance run "pretty good, perhaps a couple more changes but it's ok"
Alonso crosses the line to go fourth quickest, leap-frogging his team-mate.
Only Button, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Di Resta and Maldonado to try out the softs.
Still Vettel leads from Rosberg and Webber. Most teams have tried the softs.
A huge wobble for Sutil coming out of the final corner. A big snap of oversteer and he just keeps it on the circuit! Well held.
Nico Rosberg being told over the radio he has to re-balance his left front.
@clubforce Adrian heads out to the track - the first time one of our drivers uses soft tyres in this race weekend.
Rosberg shows the Mercedes pace on the softs. He goes second quickest on a 1:30.651.
Vettel now the fastest man of the day with a 1:30.416.
Two Aussies at the top of the time sheets as Ricciardo goes second quickest with a 1:31.855. Vettel runs very wide through turn 2.
Vettel and Rosberg bolt on the soft compound rubber. Now things are hotting up.
@MyCaterhamF1 A couple of aero tweaks in FP2 have helped @GvanderGarde, with this morning's understeer giving way to a more neutral balance this afternoon
Hamilton and Rosberg still to bare their teeth on the softer compound.
Webber goes quicker still with a 1:30.683.
So half an hour in, Webber leads the times from Rosberg, Hamilton and Vergne. All this will change.
On current timing, the soft compound is proving about a second quicker than the medium.
As expected, Webber is quick with a 1:30.874.
Hulkenberg has a big slide into the chicane on his first lap on softs, pushing too hard.
And Webber bolts on the softs. Should be interesting…
Vergne makes a big improvement on the soft compound so expect the times at the top to come down dramatically.
Chilton slithering around, trying to get temperature into those tyres. Looks a little unstable.
Max Chilton and Jean-Eric Vergne are the first drivers to bolt on the soft compound.
Hamilton returns to the pits. Rosberg remains out.
And Alonso jumps to fifth fastest, seven tenths off Webber.
A bit of a lull in proceedings now with most cars back in the pits. The two Mercedes and Alonso still out.
Rosberg moves to second fastest behind Mark Webber.
@clubforce Adrian returns to the pits after improving his time to 1:33.165. Paul is currently on a timed lap and is improving his time.
Still waiting for the first soft compound runner.
Two out of three cars have already locked the right front into turn 1, proving very problematic as it was this morning.
And it’s a Red Bull 1-2 with Vettel going second fastest.
Webber betters his time further to a 1:31.790, equalling Hamilton’s best time from FP1.
Jenson Button: “struggling a little bit under braking with front right locking.” He’s 8th quickest currently.
Gutierrez now locks up and runs wide. The Nurburgring proving tricky for some so far today.
Webber jumps to the top of the lap times with a 1:32.333.
Raikkonen told his radio is breaking up and they can’t hear anything. He’ll probably be happy about that!
Hamilton again struggles into turn 1, missing the apex.
Button eclipses Grosjean’s mark then Raikkonen betters that with a 1:33.537.
@clubforce Both cars are now out on new medium tyres. The first part of this afternoon's programme is to gather data on them.
Grosjean sets the first time of the second session with a 1:34.342. These times will tumble.
Alonso is back out and running so the ECU problem is hopefully fixed.
It shouldn’t be too long before the yellow banded soft compounds come out.
Lots of medium compound rubber still in evidence.
Cars flooding out onto the circuit for their installation laps.
The air temperature is 19 degrees and track temperature 28 degrees.
The pit lane is open and we’re back underway here at the Nurburgring.
Paul Hembury (Pirelli): “With the Silverstone lap times two to three seconds quicker it put enormous loads on the tyres. But we’ve understood that and addressed the issues. We can’t have issues like Silverstone and that’s why we’ve done it (changed to a Kevlar belt).”
It’s still dry here, if a little cloudy. And expect the lap times to tumble as teams try out the softer compound, but hopefully equally durable Kevlar belt Pirellis.
Mercedes looked mighty strong this morning in relatively cool track temperatures and already look good for the weekend after Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topped the morning’s lap times. And thankfully the new Kevlar belt Pirelli tyres passed their first examination with flying colours.
Hello and welcome back to the second session of free practice for this weekend’s German Grand Prix. The pit lane opens at 12.00 GMT, 13.00 BST.