Adrian Sutil topped a heavily rain-affected Friday Practice 1 session at the Hockenheimring. The track started out very wet, and then slowly started to dry out as the session continued, although times were still very slow, the fastest of which were in the 1.25s. The biggest surprise came when Lewis Hamilton crashed out after only 8 laps.
Adrian Sutil topped FP1 in the Hockenheimring today
McLaren had fitted the new and fully working blown diffuser to Hamilton’s car this weekend, but information was going to be limited in the wet conditions. Matters were made even worse when Lewis lost control at the end of Turn 3, and hit the barrier nose-first, then rotated and hit the left-rear. This left the McLaren out for the rest of the session.
Adrian Sutil was faster by an entire second to Felipe Massa, who spun several times on the drying track. Behind him were Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello, Vitaly Petrov, Nico Rosberg, Sebastien Buemi, Nico Hulkenberg, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Pedro de la Rosa in the top 10.
Further back, Sebastian Vettel was 11th while Timo Glock was 12th for Virgin. Behind them, it was Robert Kubica, Mark Webber, Jarno Trulli, Jaime Alguersuari, Lewis Hamilton, Lucas di Grassi, Fernando Alonso and Kamui Kobayashi. Fairuz Fauzy made another appearance at Lotus, but was 1.7 seconds slower than Trulli, and ended up 21st. Bruno Senna took back his seat, and was 22nd, followed by Michael Schumacher. He was running full wets at the end of the session, even when the track was drying out, as the car was suffering from a rear wing problem. Sakon Yamamoto was 24th, and an entire second away from his team-mate as usual.
Looking at Hamilton’s crash, it seemed to be that he stamped on the throttle a little too early, which shows how bad the conditions were out there. Here is the footage:
By the way, I know I said that I wouldn’t be around today, but I was back earlier than expected, so I was able to get the reports up today. Qualifying coverage will still be delayed tomorrow.