F1 Hockenheim - FRI - Free Practice


Hockenheim, Germany, Jul 18, 2008

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in both Friday's Free Practice sessions for the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. In the afternoon, Lewis completed 37 laps and posted a time of 1m15.025 which was the fastest time of the day. Heikki Kovalainen drove 37 laps and was fourth with a 1m15.990. In the morning session, Lewis was fastest with a 1m15.537 (22 laps) ahead of Heikki with a 1:15.666 (19 laps).


Lewis Hamilton
"The car felt quite different this afternoon compared to this morning's running. Maybe the wind had picked up, or changed direction, but the car didn't feel as stable. But by the end of the session, however, the car felt a lot more consistent - we found a good direction with the tyres and the set-up and so things look positive for tomorrow."

Heikki Kovalainen
"The front-end of the car felt very good, but I felt less comfortable with the rear of the car, particularly in some of the slow-speed corners. But we made a number of small changes to the set-up and, by the middle of the session, I definitely felt I could push harder and found improved handling under both braking and traction. A good start to our weekend's work."

Ron Dennis
"Both Lewis and Heikki enjoyed a trouble-free opening day of practice, and while we don’t know the respective fuel loads of our rivals, we nonetheless feel comfortable with our pace. As the second of the team’s two home races, this is an important event for everybody - particularly for our colleagues in Stuttgart, thousands of whom join us this weekend. Lewis’s lap at the end of second practice looked extremely impressive - but we’re fully aware that there’s a lot of work ahead and that this will be an exciting and closely-contested grand prix."

Norbert Haug
"Friday’s best time by Lewis was a good start to our home Grand Prix, the second one after Silverstone a fortnight ago. Before that we have been fast and consistent – now we will try to maintain this form for tomorrow and Sunday.”

The results of the day

Session 1

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m15.537 22
2 Heikki Kovalainen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m15.666 19
3 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1m15.796 22
4 Fernando Alonso Renault 1m16.163 22
5 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1m16.327 23
6 Nico Rosberg Williams F1 1m16.606 27
7 Sebastien Vettel Toro Rosso 1m16.618 25
8 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1m16.719 20
9 Kazuki Nakajima Williams F1 1m16.821 26
10 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m17.063 26
11 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m17.108 18
12 Jenson Button Honda Racing 1m17.131 28
13 Timo Glock Toyota 1m17.185 28
14 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m17.268 11
15 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m17.471 30
16 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing 1m17.500 24
17 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m17.556 29
18 Adrian Sutil Force India 1m17.784 29
19 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1m18.779 8
20 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso 1m21.506 16

Session 2

Pos Driver Constructor Time Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m15.025 37
2 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1m15.722 31
3 Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1m15.760 34
4 Heikki Kovalainen Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1m15.990 37
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m16.017 25
6 Fernando Alonso Renault 1m16.230 38
7 Nico Rosberg Williams F1 1m16.355 41
8 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1m16.363 36
9 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1m16.377 40
10 David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m16.378 35
11 Sebastien Vettel Toro Rosso 1m16.422 41
12 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m16.530 45
13 Jenson Button Honda Racing 1m16.542 38
14 Rubens Barrichello Honda Racing 1m16.677 28
15 Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m16.734 42
16 Timo Glock Toyota 1m16.781 44
17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams F1 1m16.829 21
18 Sebastien Bourdais Toro Rosso 1m16.860 14
19 Adrian Sutil Force India 1m17.008 39
20 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m17.047 37

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