FP2: Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2

Date published: July 29 2016

Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets as Mercedes claimed yet another 1-2 in Friday’s second practice for the German GP.

With the track temperature up 40’C, and a threat of rain in the air, Friday’s second practice got off to a busy start.

Lewis Hamilton set the pace with a 1:17.067 on the soft tyres, 0.348s up on Rosberg while Daniel Ricciardo was third. The Red Bull driver was just half a second down on the soft tyres.

The drivers all made an early swap to the supersoft Pirellis due to the weather forecast with Rosberg going P1 with a 1:15.614.

A scruffy lap from Hamilton in which he ran a bit wide and also locked up at the hairpin left him down in second place, 0.394s off the pace.

Sebastian Vettel was the closest challenger to the Mercedes drivers as his supersoft lap put him 0.596s down.

Max Verstappen was next in line ahead of Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn was the final driver to get with a second of Rosberg’s P1 time.

Putting in long runs in the latter half of the session, both Ferrari and Red Bull showed good race-pace, which bodes well for Sunday’s grand prix.

Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India finished the afternoon seventh fastest ahead of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez.

Birthday boy Fernando Alonso completed the top ten.

The forecast rain never came.

Romain Grosjean’s session ended after 13 laps with a suspected leak.

Times
1  Nico Rosberg  Mercedes 1’15.614 43 laps
2  Lewis Hamilton  Mercedes 1’16.008 0.394 36 laps
3  Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari 1’16.208 0.594 39 laps
4  Max Verstappen  Red Bull 1’16.456 0.842 40 laps
5  Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull 1’16.490 0.876 38 laps
6  Kimi Raikkonen  Ferrari 1’16.512 0.898 45 laps
7  Nico Hulkenberg  Force India 1’16.781 1.167 43 laps
8  Jenson Button  McLaren 1’17.087 1.473 16 laps
9  Sergio Perez  Force India 1’17.148 1.534 44 laps
10  Fernando Alonso  McLaren 1’17.225 1.611 21 laps
11  Carlos Sainz Jr.  Toro Rosso 1’17.342 1.728 32 laps
12  Daniil Kvyat  Toro Rosso 1’17.367 1.753 38 laps
13  Valtteri Bottas  Williams 1’17.425 1.811 44 laps
14  Romain Grosjean  Haas 1’17.602 1.988 13 laps
15  Felipe Massa  Williams 1’17.686 2.072 40 laps
16  Esteban Gutierrez  Haas 1’18.005 2.391 42 laps
17  Kevin Magnussen  Renault 1’18.056 2.442 46 laps
18  Marcus Ericsson  Sauber 1’18.130 2.516 28 laps
19  Pascal Wehrlein  Manor 1’18.193 2.579 42 laps
20  Jolyon Palmer  Renault 1’18.313 2.699 47 laps
21  Rio Haryanto  Manor 1’18.591 2.977 47 laps
22  Felipe Nasr  Sauber 1’19.295 3.681 41 laps