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Practice Two - Hamilton gives Mercedes home boost 10 Jul 2009

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/24.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009 Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB5.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009 Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW31.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Friday, 10 July 2009

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during Friday afternoon’s second practice session for the German Grand Prix, as conditions at the Nurburgring remained cold and overcast.

The world champion lapped his Mercedes-powered McLaren in 1m 32.149s, to depose Sebastian Vettel. The British race winner made up for the time he lost with an electronic problem in the morning, and pushed his Red Bull to 1m 32.331s, just ahead of Jenson Button on 1m 32.369s for Brawn.

Behind them, Red Bull’s Mark Webber posted 1m 32.480s to head Toyota’s Jarno Trulli (1m 32.511s), Force India’s Adrian Sutil (1m 32.585s), Brawn GP’s Rubens Barrichello (1m 32.664s), Renault’s Fernando Alonso (1m 32.774s), Williams’ Kazuki Nakajima (1m 32.872s) and Renault’s Nelson Piquet (1m 32.992s).

It was slightly warmer than Friday morning with an ambient temperature of 13 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 22.

Nick Heidfeld headed the second half of the field with 1m 33.012s for BMW Sauber, followed by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa (1m 33.052s), Williams’ Nico Rosberg (1m 33.128s), BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica (1m 33.161s), Toyota’s Timo Glock (1m 33.172s), Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen (1m 33.182s), McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen (1m 33.724s) and Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Buemi (1m 33.903s).

The beleaguered Sebastien Bourdais in the second Toro Rosso was 19th on 1m 34.025s, while Giancarlo Fisichella was at the back on 1m 38.877s after crashing his Force India early on when there were some rain spots.

Several drivers missed the chicane of went on at Turn One, but the only one to spin was Hamilton, in that first corner.