Feeling exposed at the Hockenheimring

Date published: July 20 2018

Although many thought the tyres may be exposed in the unexpected heat of Hockenheim, it was instead the guts of Sauber’s C37.

A few new old faces in the cars for FP1 with Antonio Giovinazzi testing for Sauber and Nicholas Latifi in the Force India.

Sebastian Vettel arrived at his home grand prix with a special helmet for the weekend…

Max Verstappen was the first driver to post a time, a 1:16 and set about lowering that as he had the track all to himself at the start of the session.

Renault added their name to the list of team’s racing updated parts with a new front wing.

There was a bit of drama over at Sauber as test driver Antonio Giovinazzi left the pits with a loose engine cover that flew off as he accelerated out of the pits.


Pierre Gasly was another in a little bit of early trouble.

Ferrari’s new engine cover and exhaust detail caught the eye with Vettel running the new layout.

Valtteri Bottas played out at the front of the field as he took the fight to Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bulls in the battle for P1.

Nico Hulkenberg, thankfully using Renault’s old spec front wing, got it rather wrong at Turn 12.

After 90 minutes it was Daniel Ricciardo holding down P1 by 0.004s ahead of Hamilton.

Ahead of FP2, the temperatures continued to rise at a blistering hot Hockenheimring. The tyres were going to get one helluva pasting.

The top three teams went quietly about their business in the opening half hour of the session – bar a wee spin from Danny Ric.

But it ended up being a bittersweet session for Verstappen, topping the timesheets in FP2 but having to spend a chunk of time back in the garage after a grinding noise came from his car.

Thankfully for him, he was able to re-appear on track again for the final five minutes of the session.