Practice one - McLaren one-two in damp-dry session 18 Jul 2008
McLaren set the pace here in Hockenheim in Friday mornings opening practice session for the German Grand Prix, on a track that started out wet and got drier and faster as the hour-and-a-half session progressed.
Heikki Kovalainen went fastest in the dying seconds, his 1m 15.666s lap depriving Ferraris Felipe Massa (1m 15.796s) of that honour, only for team mate Lewis Hamilton to take the top slot in similar fashion moments later with 1m 15.537s.
Fernando Alonso was fourth for Renault on 1m 16.163s, while Kimi Raikkonens fifth best time of 1m 16.327s for Ferrari need not be taken as an indication of his true potential. Much depended on when you ran, and what fuel load you were carrying.
Nico Rosbergs prediction that Hockenheim would suit Williams has been born out thus far as the German set the sixth fastest time of 1m 16.606s, and team mate Kazuki Nakajima backed him solidly with 1m 16.821s which left him ninth. Between them were Sebastian Vettels 1m 16.618s for Toro Rosso, and Nick Heidfelds 1m 16.719s for BMW Sauber.
Robert Kubica, in the second F1.08, was only 19th, however, after dropping it going into the stadium and sliding broadside all the way across the gravel bed and into the tyre wall having recorded 1m 18.779s with 15 minutes left to go.
Nelson Piquet completed the top 10 for Renault, with 1m 17.063s, then came Red Bulls David Coulthard (1m 17.108s), Hondas Jenson Button (1m 17.131s), Toyotas Timo Glock (1m 17.185s), Red Bulls Mark Webber (1m 17.268s), Force Indias Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 17.471s), Hondas Rubens Barrichello (1m 17.500s), Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 17.556s) and Force Indias Adrian Sutil (1m 17.784s).
Toro Rossos Sebastien Bourdais was 20th on 1m 21.506s, having gone off the road in Turn One early on and then stopped at Turn Four. Other miscreants included Hamilton, who spun in Turn Four, Alonso who went off in Turn Six, and Coulthard who went off in Two.