Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 in Friday's practice for the German GP with the team-mates edging Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen...
Lewis Hamilton: "It was a pretty good day today. It was quite difficult to find the balance with the track being so hot and it is a tricky circuit to drive in general. The car is a bit different now as everyone made some setup changes in a different direction to what we've had in the past, but it's still fun to drive. As the temperatures were so high, it was difficult for the tyres and we're going to need to manage that carefully when we get to the race. The weather is beautiful and the heat was a challenge, particularly in the car, but that's how I like it. We need to analyse as much as we can tonight and drink plenty as it's going to be hot."
Nico Rosberg: "It was a difficult day for us, because we had to work on some of the new settings as the car was running without the FRIC system. But it worked out quite well even in difficult conditions. It was very hot outside and the soft tyres don't last that long here, so this will be tricky for the race. We had a bit of a situation in the pit lane when my teammate came in suddenly just before I was called in too. But the boys reacted quickly and cooled my car and brought his tyres out. It's great to be back in Germany. I really hope for a big German support this weekend here. We will aim to put on a great show for them."
Daniel Ricciardo: "I think tyres and weather will define the race on Sunday. Today we were happy with our progress and it seems to be one of the closer gaps for a while, but it's tomorrow when we'll see how close we really are. I think we had a good car today and we extracted pretty much everything we could out of the practice today. Hopefully we can have more of a fight with the leaders this weekend."
Sebastian Vettel: "I think we can improve from there for tomorrow. I don't think not having the FRIC suspension on the car made too much difference to us today, although I haven't had a proper look at the other cars yet. I think it will be fairly close between the cars this weekend. It's nice to be on track here near to where I grew up and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend."
Kimi Raikkonen: "Like every Friday, our programme covered set-up work in the first session, then evaluating the tyres and doing a race simulation in the afternoon. Unfortunately in the morning, because of a technical problem, I had to come back to the garage and was unable to do an additional run on the Soft tyres, but thanks to a great job from the team, I managed to quickly get back out on track. In the afternoon, we made up for lost time and managed to improve on all fronts. Overall, it's been a reasonably positive day, but it's still to early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until tomorrow to know more."
Fernando Alonso: "It's nice to be back racing at Hockenheim. I've got fantastic memories of the last race here and I like the track a lot. Today, we concentrated on set-up to try and adapt to the temperatures, which are going to be extremely high all weekend. I had no problems with either the Soft or Supersoft compounds and we just need to understand how they will behave in the race and what the weather could be like on Sunday. I don't think going away with FRIC changed much in terms of driving style and in order to have a clear picture you'd have to do a comparison with and without it, but running without it, we just have to adapt and be as well prepared as possible with what we have."
Kevin Magnussen: "The temperatures are very high, so the biggest challenge for us is to make the tyres work - it's going to be tricky to understand, especially if the weather changes for Sunday, when it could be a bit cooler. But it's the same for everyone. I can't really explain the relatively close gap to the cars at the front, but everybody is running different programmes on different fuel-loads. The new rear wing that I tested today feels good; it doesn't upset the car, so, hopefully, we can carry it forward. Without FRIC, our car still feels really good - which is a positive - I don't know about any of the other drivers, but I think we're pretty happy with the car at the moment. Still, we need to stay focused: it's only practice, so it's difficult to assess the pace of the other teams, but we've hopefully made a little bit of a step."
Jenson Button: "Looking at the timesheets, you'd say we look quite good, but we're finding it a little bit tougher over the long-runs. I think we're overheating the tyres under traction. It's so difficult to manage the tyres in these temperatures, and it's especially hard to get the Supersoft tyre working correctly without overheating it. We were able to test lots of interesting things today - and, for me, there's more to come tomorrow. Hopefully, I'll also have the new rear wing fitted to my car. Sometimes, it's difficult to know what the advantage it gives, especially when you only get a few laps on Saturday morning to try it, but it'll be interesting to give it a go. The car didn't feel any different without our FRIC system - it wouldn't really make a massive difference around here anyway. As ever, we'll just make the best out of what we've got - and I think we can push a bit harder tomorrow."
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