With the Pirelli tire explosions at Silverstone still fresh in the minds of drivers and crew, the 90-minute session took place at the Nurburgring under the threat of a boycott by drivers if the tires behaved in the same way.
Thankfully, the tires did behave and once again the Silver Arrows of Lewis Hamilton and home-boy Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets. At the some of the fast corners, I wonder if the drivers feel as though they are sitting on four time bombs.
Hamilton lapped the much-loved and famed Nurburgring in 1 minute, 31.754 seconds to beat his teammate by just over two-tenths of a second.
Word Championship contender Fernando Alonso must be looking to score well again this weekend after his good fortune at Silverstone last week when Vettel broke down. However, the gods weren’t with him as he had to pull off with an electrical fault, the Spaniard managing a meager two laps.
After his amazing comeback last weekend, Red Bull Racing‘s Mark Webber looked as racy as ever, managing third — will the confidence of last week’s performance spur him on to beating Vettel again? As he’s leaving F1 at the end of the season, the pressure’s off and I think he will be looking to go out with a bang.
Ferrari still look like they need to throw some new components at their cars as they still look average. Usually the Scuderia are slow at the start of the season and gradually gain momentum, so one has to ask if this is it regarding their performance this season.
Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Jenson Button, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, and the second McLaren of Sergio Perez took the remaining top 10 spots.
Teams will take some relief in the fact the Nurburgring’s layout doesn’t place the tires under the same stresses in the way Silverstone does, so hopefully we’ll see a safe and consistent race without any safety cars.