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Friday analysis - clean bill of health for revised tyres 05 Jul 2013

Pirelli tyres.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W04 pulls away from a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Esteban Gutierrez (MEX) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Charles Pic (FRA) Caterham CT03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013 Max Chilton (GBR) Marussia F1 Team MR02 makes a pit stop.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Practice, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 5 July 2013

For once Friday’s weather did exactly what teams were praying for, and both FP1 and FP2 in Germany were run in dry conditions. This enabled everyone to run Pirelli’s modified medium-compound tyres in the morning, and the mediums and softs in the afternoon. After the events of Silverstone last weekend, everyone was obliged to comply with the FIA’s diktat that tyres were no longer to be reversed (F1 tyres are supposed to be unidirectional), and to observe minimum tyre pressures of 16 psi and camber angles of 4 degrees at the front and 2.5 at the rear. In the end, the 22 drivers between them completed 1259 laps, or nearly 6500 kilometres, without incident. We take a team-by-team look at the early Nurburgring form…

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 33.213s, P8/1m 30.416s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 32.789s, P3/1m 30.683s, P3

Vettel said he hadn’t been very happy with his RB9 in FP1, but that things were much better in the afternoon when he was fastest. Webber said it was too soon to say how much Pirelli’s mandated changes had affected his car, but that it had felt comfortable.

Mercedes
Nico Rosberg, 1m 31.973s, P2/1m 30.651s, P2
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 31.754s, P1/1m 31.304s, P8

Hamilton was content with his car’s performance when he was fastest in the morning, but said that changes had had a deleterious effect in the afternoon. Rosberg was cagey and said he couldn’t tell what fuel load others were running, so would reserve his judgement on where Mercedes are until qualifying.

Lotus
Romain Grosjean, 1m 33.260s, P9/1m 30.843s, P4
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 32.956s, P5/1m 30.848s, P5

Raikkonen and Grosjean switched their roles from Silverstone in FP1, with the Finn now running the slimline bodywork and the Frenchman the passive double-DRS ‘Device’. The latter was then put away for the remainder of the weekend, as both drivers ran the new bodywork in FP2. Both said they’d had reasonable days.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, No time/1m 31.056s, P6
Felipe Massa, 1m 33.065s, P6/1m 31.059s, P7

Alonso lost the whole of FP1 when his F138 rolled to a halt with an obscure electrical problem due to incorrect programming of the electronic control unit. That hurt Ferrari’s development of the set-up given Pirelli’s newly imposed limits. Massa said he was encouraged by his car’s pace on long runs.

McLaren
Jenson Button, 1m 33.139s, P7/1m 31.568s, P9
Sergio Perez, 1m 33.456s, P10/1m 32.086s, P14

Button said his car felt good straight out of the box, while Perez described his day as the best Friday McLaren have had for a while. Both believe that while they won’t be running at the pace of the leaders, they will be able to challenge teams around them for decent points this weekend.

Force India
Paul di Resta, 1m 33.493s, P11/1m 31.797s, P10
Adrian Sutil, 1m 32.822s, P4/1m 31.824s, P11

Sutil said he was pleased that the VJM06 had similar pace to the last couple of races, but Di Resta said he’d had a tricky afternoon that left him with plenty to ponder regarding set-up overnight.

Toro Rosso
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 33.901s, P13/1m 31.855s, P12
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 33.976s, P14/1m 32.055s, P13

Ricciardo reported a trouble-free day, but both he and Vergne said there’s work to do to improve the STR8.

Sauber
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 33.810s, P12/1m 32.495s, P15
Esteban Gutierrez, 1m 34.437s, P17/1m 32.762s, P16

Sauber spent their day working with a number of different configurations, but Hulkenberg said he thought there was more work to do here too.

Williams
Valtteri Bottas, 1m 34.200s, P16/1m 32.879s, P17
Pastor Maldonado, 1m 34.025s, P15/1m 32.880s, P18

Both drivers continued work started at Silverstone, focusing on trying different mechanical set-ups as they gathered data to help with the overnight choice of set-up for FP3 and qualifying.

Caterham
Charles Pic, 1m 35.674s, P18/1m 33.695s, P19
Giedo van der Garde, 1m 36.078s, P20/1m 33.804s, P20

Both drivers were happy to be able to conduct work left over from the weather-spoiled FP1 sessions in Canada and Britain, particularly with regard to the brakes, and said that changes to the rear ride height and anti-roll bar also improved the traction and aero balance in FP2.

Marussia
Jules Bianchi (pm only), 1m 34.017s, P21
Max Chilton, 1m 35.987s, P19/1m 34.667s, P22
Rodolfo Gonzalez (am only) 1m 37.459s, P21

Gonzalez stood in for Bianchi in FP1, to carry out aero and suspension development work, but when the Frenchman returned in the afternoon he only completed 10 laps as his strength was depleted by a stomach upset. Chilton said he was pleased with the team’s general direction in both sessions.

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