Practice One - Webber and Red Bull lead the way 10 Jul 2009
It was good and bad news for Red Bull Racing as the first practice session for the German Grand Prix got underway at the Nurburgring on Friday morning.
Mark Webber set the fastest time of 1m 33.082s in his RB5, but team mate Sebastian Vettel rolled to a halt with a mechanical problem shortly after lapping his sister car in 1m 33.909s. At the time that was second quickest, but he ended the session eighth overall.
Jenson Buttons suggestions that Bridgestones super-soft tyre would suit the Brawn BGP001 better in cold conditions was borne out by second fastest time of 1m 33.463s, while Ferraris Felipe Massa (1m 33.745s), Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 33.795s), Force Indias Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 33.839s), Ferraris Kimi Raikkonen (1m 33.840s) and Williams Nico Rosberg (1m 33.902s) all subsequently dipped below Vettels time.
Conditions were very cold throughout, with an ambient temperature of 12 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 16 degrees.
Williams Kazuki Nakajima set ninth best time with 1m 33.952s, chased by Renaults Fernando Alonso (1m 34.148s), BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (1m 34.221s), Brawn GPs Rubens Barrichello (1m 34.227s), McLarens Lewis Hamilton (1m 34.483s), BMW Saubers Robert Kubica (1m 34.694s), Renaults Nelson Piquet (1m 34.738s), Toro Rosso team mates Sebastien Bourdais (1m 34.827s) and Sebastien Buemi (1m 34.878s), McLarens Heikki Kovalainen (1m 34.893s), Toyotas Timo Glock (1m 34.911s) and Force Indias Adrian Sutil (1m 35.092s).
Sutil, like Vettel, rolled to a halt in Turn One with mechanical ailments.