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German GP practice as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1442: Right then, the report is now up and I reckon it's time for me to get stuck into my delayed lunch. I really need to get my timings sorted out. Thanks very much for your company and all of your messages today, those song titles will keep me giggling all through the evening. So where's your money for qualifying tomorrow? Can Ferrari claim their first pole position since 2008 or will Red Bull maintain their qualy dominance this season? I'll be back from around 0930 BST tomorrow for third practice and qualifying. Until then, take care and while you are looking for things to do, why don't you try out the Formula 1 quiz compiled by BBC Languages. See you tomorrow.

Emma 'at work' in Luton via text: "Didn't S Club 7 have a song called 'You're My Number One'? Definitely a goer - and a nice song for all ages! :)"

Sam, Northampton via text: "Great to see Hamilton climbing up the leaderboard so quick. Good job Lewis!!"

1433: That's your lot for today. Here's how it finished: Alonso (1:16.265), Vettel (1:16.294), Massa (1:16.438), Webber (1:16.585), Rosberg (1:16.827), Schumacher (1:16.971), Hamilton (1:17.004), Kubica (1:17.009), Barrichello (1:17.056) and The Hulk (1:17.204).

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the BBC: "There are three teams, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren, all in contention for pole position here."

1429: Interesting. Hamilton is up to seventh with a 1:17.004 while his team-mate is down in 15th after a best of 1:17.739. Hamilton completed 10 laps with Button clocking 36 laps.

RantingMrP on 606: "Great job McLaren mechanics - didn't think we'd see Lewis out again today."

1427: Hamilton is building up and a 1:17.633 places him in 13th. Three minutes to go.

1424: Yellow flag o'clock. Jarno Trulli has stopped at the Hairpin and he is quickly wheeled back to safety behind the barriers. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says that there is slight damage to Michael Schumacher's car after his trip onto the grass and gravel. That's his day over and done with.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Lewis Hamilton: "You definitely put yourself on the back foot when you miss track time - mostly because it makes it very difficult for the team to gather all the information split between two cars when one runs a lot longer than the other. That crash will also be a bit of a hit to his confidence around this track, too. This last few minutes is all about Lewis getting up to speed and rhythm as quickly as possible now - it's not easy, but if anyone can do it, Lewis can."

1420: Hamilton, on his second fast lap, posts a 1:17.808 which is enough for 15th.

Force India on Twitter: "Some rain is on the way."

Ferrari on Twitter: "Felipe came in for a quick tyre change now he is out on hard tyres."

Mercedes GP on Twitter: "Michael had a little off so he's back in the pits to check the car over quickly."

1417: Hamilton is in his car and his McLaren is being fired up. He'll be out very soon. Promise.

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Jon, Croydon via text: "How about some music from Oz? Perhaps Webber could set Horner's iPod up to play 'Mutiny' by Pendulum on a loop at max volume?!"

1412: There's no reaction from Mercedes boss Ross Brawn as he watches Michael Schumacher have a messy lap. He tells his team that he is struggling with the rear of the car and then comes into the pits to allow his mechanics to have a look at the problem.

toastivore on Twitter: "Re: Mark Webber, what about 'Be My Number Two' by Joe Jackson?"

Ferrari on Twitter: "Now it's time to run on high fuel with just 23 minutes to go. Fernando went out on the same set of soft tyres."

1406: There are a few spots on the visors again. It doesn't seem too heavy yet, though. After Rosberg, the rest of the top 10 is like this: Schumacher (1:16.971), Kubica (1:17.009), Barrichello (1:17.056), Hulkenberg (1:17.204) and Petrov (1:17.547).

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Both Mercedes are going pretty well round here now. I had lunch with the boys a couple of days ago and they were pretty confident that they could be fast around this circuit - and traditionally this is a decent circuit for the 'Brackley Cars' too."

1401: Get the bunting out... Hamilton has his helmet on. He could be out pretty soon. Rosberg improves to a 1:16.827 while Webber goes wide at Turn Eight. The Aussie is currently fourth fastest.

1359: Vettel is going quicker and quicker - he's second with a 1:16.294. Although the heavy rain has not yet arrived in this session, apparently there are some very heavy clouds nearby. Rosberg is on the option tyres and is up to fifth with a 1:16.963.

1356: ...Vettel is up to fourth with a 1:16.609 and then immediately goes wide at Turn One on his next lap. Massa improves to a 1:16.438 and moves up to second - 0.173 seconds slower than Alonso. Although you can't read too much into testing, this has certainly been an encouraging session for Ferrari.

McLaren test driver Gary Paffett on the BBC: "We knew it was going to be wet today so it was always going to be difficult. When it dried out in the first session it caught a few of the drivers out and although Lewis (Hamilton) was the only one to hit the wall, it could easily have happened to any of the drivers. The trouble was that, in that incident, he hit all four corners of the car, but we're still looking to have Lewis out before the end of the session. He knows the circuit and the car anyway, obviously, so while the crash was a shame, hopefully it won't be terminal [to his hopes]."

1355: Vettel is out and about on the option tyres. Let's see what he can do...

1353: Anything you can do... Massa posts his quickest lap of the day so far - a 1:16.874 - to move above his team-mate. That lasts for just five seconds, however, as right behind him Alonso clocks a 1:16.265 to top the timesheets. Have that.

1350: Alonso is on what Chandhok calls a "mega lap" but the Spaniard goes wide at the final corner and then does the same at the first corner of his next circuit.

IAKirk on Twitter: "After having the front wing taken from him Webber could sing 'With Or Without You' (U2) on his victory lap."

Olski on Twitter: "Does it matter if Vettel damages his car, plenty of spare parts on the other car in the garage!"

1343: "That is quick," exclaims a colleague as Webber posts a 1:16.585. Alonso is in second spot with a 1:17.329 with Massa (1:17.459) third. Rosberg is now up to fourth with Button fifth. Schumacher waves his hand in apology to Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi after they almost collide out on the track.

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the BBC: "We're starting to see green and purple sectors again, which suggests the guys are starting to get something out of the cars and the circuit again. It's barely raining at all now."

BBC F1 commentator David Croft
What does this thing do again?
1338: Ever watched the grand prix and found yourself wondering how hard it is to do a pit stop in less than four seconds? Well, the 5 live team decided to find out in Germany with a little help from Force India. Listen to 5 live F1 from 2000-2100 BST on Friday to find out how they got on. I am reliably informed, however, that commentator David Croft (pictured here) was "rubbish".

1334: Whoops, Vettel is pushing but he goes way wide at Turn 12 and has a big excursion over the gravel. That will do his car the world of good. Or not. He does avoid any contact with the tyre wall though. So then, Alonso (1:18.307) is quickest with Massa (1:18.760) second. Then it's Schumacher (1:18.791), Button (1:18.833), Sutil (1:19.031), Hulkenberg (12:19.044) and De la Rosa (1:19.416.)

BBC F1 commentator David Croft: "Lewis Hamilton's crash looks like costing him big time. He remains in the pits with his car getting fixed and that means he's already missed what looks the best of the session, with the rain now coming down a touch harder. What impact might that have on his race chances come Sunday?"

BBC commentator Jonathan Legard: "German Nico Hulkenberg is looking forward to racing in his home grand prix for the first time in Formula 1. Williams have no major upgrade on the car this weekend but one big plus of racing at home is that he is allowed a 'proper' German breakfast. That includes German bread with chocolate spread and sugar on top. His trainer Nick Harris only allows Hulkenberg to have it in Germany otherwise it is strictly muesli, fruit and the usual fitness-focused diet to start the day."

Farleypoc on Twitter: "Webber could sing, 'It's All About You' by McFly. That's a low blow to Horner and Vettel though."

1328: Vettel tells his team that it is raining now but they reply that it is going to get worse so "stay out there if you can". Sutil spins coming out of Turn 10 but is able to continue.

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the BBC: "I think this might be it for the session. With the rain coming down and forecast to get harder, I don't think we'll see any faster times."

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "Mercedes built the Hockenheim circuit in 1939 and they had a party last night to celebrate their homecoming. Drivers from all the teams came for a barbecue and to enjoy a live band at the party underneath the Mercedes grandstand. Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Adrian Sutil and Kamui Kobayashi were some of the drivers enjoying a social evening at the track with mechanics and other team personnel along with most of the DTM drivers, including of course, our own David Coulthard."

1322: There's some water on Massa's visor as he comes into the pits. Has the rain come a little early? Rosberg's front wing is as wobbly as a character from Chorlton And The Wheelies, he's clipped the cones at Turn One and will have to have a new one put on.

1320: This has certainly been a lively start. Obviously the drivers are getting some miles in before the expected rain arrives. Button moves up to second after a 1:18.833. Vettel and Hamilton have still not set a fast lap.

1318: Alonso is on a flier and posts a 1:18.307. Bang. That will please my (unnamed) colleague who has already predicted a win for the two-time world champion this weekend. Sutil is second then it's Kubica, Buemi, Massa, Button, Liuzzi, De la Rosa, Webber and Barrichello.

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Fran in London via text: "Ideas just flowing now. Nelly Furtado 'I'm Like A Bird' or an Oasis double bill of 'Roll With It' followed by "Don't look back in anger". Or maybe the Killers "For Reasons Unknown" or another double bill of Queen's "You're My Best Friend" and "Don't Stop Me Now". Where's my iPod? I'm making a Webber playlist!"

1314: Ladies and gents, we have our first time under the one minute 20s. Step forward Adrian Sutil, who posts a 1:19.633 - which quickly improves to a 1:19.031.

1312: The times are tumbling now. Sutil goes fastest with a 1:20.911 only for team-mate Vitantonio Liuzzi to beat it with a 1:20.866... hang on, there's De la Rosa again with a 1:20.164.

1309: Pedro de la Rosa is top of the timesheets at the moment after a 1:21.516. Sutil comes off the track after hitting a patch of water coming down to the Hairpin. It is trickier than a hormonal teenager out there. Mark Webber is up to second with a 1:23.355.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "You're not going to have any grip at all at this stage, in these conditions and with what will be very cold tyres. It's treacherous out there."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Hockenheim: "I may need to sit down for the entire hour-and-a-half of second practice. I have spent lunchtime with the local fans here in Germany, where there were quite a few liquid lunches being ordered. There were some fine wardrobe memorials to F1 teams gone by on display, including an all-white Toyota tracksuit and a green Jaguar fitted shirt and lots and lots of old school Michael Schumacher items from the Ferrari era. The seven-time world champion has his own merchandise stand here but one fan had something that money can't buy. He told me he had spent 14 hours building a Mercedes front wing, which he was wheeling around the circuit."

1303: The track is not completely dry, as witnessed by Kobayashi, who has a massive moment as his car hits some puddles. He holds it together though and stays on the Tarmac. Hamilton is having a new floor put on his car after that crash and he will probably miss the opening 30 minutes of the session. BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says Red Bull are changing the engine on Seb Vettel's car. The change was planned, she adds.

1300: Anyone hear the frankly shocking news this week that Jordan (sorry, Katie Price) has given up music? That day that music died. Bad times. I digress, the light turns to green and BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi is the first man out. Happy birthday to the BMW Sauber team by the way, it's their 40th anniversary this weekend.

1255: Karun Chandhok is with David Croft in the BBC commentary studio and he expects the drivers to go out pretty quickly as he has seen a forecast which says rain will come 40 minutes into the session.

1251: It is certainly drier now than it was this morning in Germany. The umbrellas are down and the overcoats are safely tucked away. From the pictures we are getting, it seems the track is completely dry. Coverage starts on the Red Button and at the top of this page from 1255 BST. Lovely.

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insertsomethingwitty on 606: "Webber could always get sarcastic and play: 'I will always love you'."

1245: It was a poor session for seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who ended up second slowest - with only Hispania's Sakon Yamamoto below him. There have been plenty of rumours about Schumacher and whether he will remain with Mercedes next season but during the week the 41-year-old said he would stay with them in 2011 because he is still chasing another world title. "When I came back [the target] was to win another title. That's what I'm here for, very clearly. I know the final target, where I want to go, I'm confident I can achieve it."

Anon via text: "Poor Hamilton. Especially since girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger just released a song with Slash called 'Baby Can't Drive'."

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Gavin in Wicklow, Ireland via text: "Webber definitely should have sung 'Bullet With Butterfly Wings' by the Smashing Pumpkins!"

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Looks like being dry for the start of the second session and may even stay dry for the whole session, let's hope so."

1239: Just in case you missed this morning's action (where were you by the way?), here's a quick summary of what happened at a very damp and bleak Hockenheim circuit. Force India's Adrian Sutil set the fastest time of 1:25.701, 1.149 seconds clear of Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who managed second spot despite numerous spins. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, who won here in 2008, had the biggest moment of the session, smashing into a tyre wall after completing just eight laps. McLaren, by the way, are trying out their blown diffuser upgrade, and although Jenson Button had issues about the rear stability of the car, the defending world champion ended up in third. It is also worth pointing out that Timo Glock ended up in 12th place for the team's best practice session since entering F1 at the start of the year.

1235: Welcome back. Refreshed and ready to go for FP2? Thought so. Remember that you can get in touch with this here commentary via the usual methods. Use Twitter, 606 or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. Keep those messages coming in about which song Mark Webber should have sung at the Red Bull after-race party at Silverstone. We've had some corkers.

1044: Time for a quick breakfast break. Have a look at the first session report, which is now up. Apparently a thunderstorm is on the way to Hockenheim and should get there in the next hour or so, so second practice should be fun. I'll be taking bets on how many spins there will be when I return at 1230 BST. See you in a bit.

Dooleys on Twitter: "How about 'Baby You Can Drive My Car' by the Beatles."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Session over. A couple of spins for Fairuz but otherwise a good job."

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Alex via text: "The way it's gone so far, McLaren could probably stick four wheels back on it and find that the crash has improved the performance of the new rear."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I've just spoken to Mercedes GP boss Ross Brawn about the reasoning in sending Michael Schumacher out on full wets at the end of that session, and he told me that they've actually got a problem with their new rear wing so, while they're sorting that out, they simply did not want to use another set of tyres."

1034: The rest of the top 10: Barrichello, Vitaly Petrov, Rosberg, Sebastien Buemi, Hulkenberg, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Pedro de la Rosa. Virgin Racing's Timo Glock was 12th, Webber in 14th, Hamilton in 17th while Schumacher was 23rd with a 1:32.450.

1030: That's your lot for FP1. Sutil ended up fastest with a 1:25.701, Massa was second after a 1:26.850 while Jenson Button sneaked into third place right at the end with a 1:26.936.

1028: There's consternation in the Red Button commentary box as to why Michael Schumacher has been sent out on full wet tyres. Ferrari say they will not be going out again as their session is over.

Hispania's Karun Chandhok on the BBC: "I think we're going to see our timings screen go mental now, with the track drying up fast and the drivers seeking their slice of Friday morning glory."

CodaQueen on Twitter: "For a song choice, how about John Lennon's 'Instant Karma'?"

1026: Now Sutil is quickest after a 1:26.314 - apparently he found most of that time in the final sector.

1022: It has been an encouraging session for Rosberg and the German sets the fastest time so far of 1:27.448. I've just been reminded that he was called 'Prince of Practice' last season. Which is nice. Don't go anywhere, up pops Massa with a 1:26.850. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says that Webber now has dry tyres on his car.

1018: Bruno Senna spins at the final corner and it is beached in the gravel. He is told by his Hispania team to turn everything off and the very sprightly Brazilian jogs off to safety.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Felipe Massa: "He actually started the year like he left off last season - out-qualifying Fernando Alonso in Bahrain and driving a pretty strong race. But ever since he's lost a bit of confidence and Alonso has that ability, to wear you down as a team-mate. It can be an emotional rollercoaster alongside Alonso and it looks like Felipe is struggling with it."

Mikeyboy via text: "Perhaps Mark Webber should have sung 'Stand By Your Man' while staring straight at Christian Horner?"

From Aaron in Ipswich via text: "As Lewis is leading, can't he just take Jenson's exhaust? :-)"
Cheeky, very cheeky.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Lewis actually did too good a job in catching the initial slide that the car snapped back at him and meant he slid into the barrier at an awkward angle, rear first. That's done a lot of damage - the rear driveshaft for a start looks like it's hanging out of the car. Lewis looks utterly unimpressed and a wretched first practice for him comes to a wretched end."

1012: More woes for Massa, he spins at the final corner after hitting a bit of wet track.

1007: It's been a tricky morning for McLaren, and it's just got a lot worse. Hamilton loses the back end coming out of Turn Three, he catches it, but the car then snaps back and he ventures across the grass and into the tyre wall. There's lot of damage to the back of that McLaren. It's going to be a busy time in the garage as the team try to rebuild it. As a hacked-off Hamilton sits in his car after that crash he says: "The car's in the wall, and is damaged. Heavily." Says it all really. In other news, Sutil improves to a 1:27.846.

1003: Trulli is seriously battling with his Lotus. It looks like he is driving it on ice. He runs wide before coming into the stadium section and sets a 1:36.913. Hamilton out and about, he sets a 1:31.699 - good enough for 15th. Adrian Sutil is now top after a 1:28.411 while Vettel improves to a 1:28.735. Massa comes off again, at Turn 12 and he has a brief excursion into the gravel.

longpablo on Twitter: "Bearing in mind their recent antics, 'Come Together' by The Beatles?"

0958: There are dry lines on the track now and BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson predicts that the teams will be on slicks by the end of the session. Webber is quickest with a 1:29.048 with the Hulk second after a 1:29.206. Alguersuari is third, Rosberg fourth. Hamilton, Lucas di Grassi and Jarno Trulli are the only drivers not to have posted a fast lap as yet.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "McLaren's Friday practice struggles continue. Jenson Button just came back into the shed shaking his head again, with a look that says: 'We don't have a competitive car again.' Looks like they might make a change to his rear suspension before sending him back out on the intermediates. Lewis Hamilton's not faring much better and the mechanics are currently chiselling away at the floor of the car, possibly due to overheating problems. Worrying times for McLaren."

Smiglet, Leamington via text: "I reckon the Webber tune should be 'I'm Spinning Around' by fellow Aussie Kylie."

Graham from Kent via text: "The song must be 'I Predict A Riot' by Kaiser Chiefs. Come on the Brits!"

0950: Rosberg improves to a 1:29.419 while Fernando Alonso is second with a 1:30.229. Then it is Vettel (1:30.294), Alguersuari (1:30.456) and Barrichello (1:30.501). Troubles for Jenson Button in the McLaren, who are trying out their rear blown diffuser upgrade today. Button radios back to his team that "rear stability is terrible".

Ferrari on Twitter: "Everyone is on extreme wet tyres. Only Kobayashi and Alguersuari just went out on intermediates."

Anon via text: "Surely it has to be 'Broken Wings' by Mr Mister." Has to be!!!"
Please put your name in front of these brilliant texts, you deserve to take the credit for them!

0939: Nico Rosberg takes his Mercedes around in 1:30.864 while Nico Hulkenberg sets a 1:30.866. Massa is third (1:30.894) and the Force India of Adrian Sutil (1:30.968) is fourth. The track is drying out now and there is hardly any water coming off the back of the cars. Massa visits the gravel at the Hairpin, as does Renault's Robert Kubica. Rubens Barrichello has a spin coming onto the straight out of Turn Three but the Brazilian is able to keep the car running.

BBC F1 analyst Anthony Davidson on Michael Schumacher: "Part of the reason Michael Schumacher was so good before was because he pounded that Ferrari around Fiorano day in, day out in testing. And practice makes perfect. Of course, with the restrictions on testing nowadays, he can't do that so he doesn't have that luxury now. Whether in the future he will be able to challenge for championships again is one thing, but his immediate priority has to be matching Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, because he is being outpaced time and again by him at the moment."

Phil, London via text: "How can it not be "Flying Without Wings" by Westlife."
One of my favourite bands, should have thought of this sooner.

Anon via text: "Sorry to sound obvious but shouldn't Webber's tune be 'Crash'."

0931: Ferrari's Felipe Massa sets the fastest time so far this morning - a 1:31.981. Hold on, then Webber pops up with a 1:31.019. Alguersuari is third fastest, then it is Kamui Kobayashi, Nico Rosberg (one of six German drivers in the field this year) and Sebastien Buemi. Fauzy has a little trip on the grass coming out of Turn Three.

BBC commentator Jonathan Legard: "Red Bull's relentless rate of development continues in Germany. There was yet another run of cardboard boxes through the paddock last night with the team's mechanics wheeling through a new floor and other new parts for the opening practice sessions. More bits are expected to arrive ahead of qualifying and the race. I only saw one new floor arrive and so the question is which car will be fitted with it in the light of the row over the front wing at Silverstone?"

0928: There's a very brief yellow flag after Vettel runs wide at Turn Two. Alguersuari is top of the pops at the moment with a 1:33.402, then it is Vettel (1:34.104) and Webber (1:34.219).

Erez via text: "Choice of song for Webber? It has to be 'Say I'm Your Number One' by Princess! Great song and bound to set the cat amongst the Red Bulls!"

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Anon via text: "I'm hoping for a Jenson Button win. We all know he is the new rain master! As for Lewis well I'd be happy to see him top four but really I just want JB to overturn that 12-point deficit."

0922: Alguersuari improves to a 1:35.565 while Vettel posts a 1:36.905. Apparently the rain is easing up but to be honest it doesn't seem like it from the pictures as there is still plenty of water on the track. Hamilton's installation lap is complete.

0918: Hamilton is now the only man not to have come out as yet. Jaime Alguersuari posts a 1:41.068. Vettel is out on a timed run now.

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Ultan, Dublin via text: "Webber should sing: 'You are the wind beneath my wings' - Bette Midler."
Like that, a lot.

0912: Every driver has completed an installation lap apart from the McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

0904: There is so much standing water on the track and the drivers are struggling to keep their vehicles on it. The Williams driver Nico Hulkenberg runs wide at Turn Two, I reckon that will not be the last time I say that today. Team line-up tweaks for you, Sakon Yamamoto is driving for Hispania this weekend instead of Karun Chandhok while Bruno Senna returns to drive the other car. For Lotus, reserve driver Fairuz Fauzy is in the car this morning instead of Heikki Kovalainen.

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Anon via text: "Morning, just got into work. I want a Hamilton win this weekend, he is a fantastic driver and is so exciting to watch."

0900: We are all set for the off. Our weather man Ian Fergusson says this heavy rain will last for around 15 minutes before conditions improve. The first cars are now gingerly making their way around the Hockenheim track. There is a lot of spray coming off the back of them.

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Andy, Tooting via text: "Morning Mark, I expect McLaren to continue their dominance over the weekend and can I say hi to my mate Mike who works for FOM."
Morning Andy, consider it done.

McLaren driver Jenson Button on Twitter: "Morning... It's absolutely bucketing down here in Hockenheim. P1 is going to be rather interesting! :-)"

0850: It is proper pouring it down at Hockenheim now. There's standing water on the track and there are some hardy souls taking shelter from the rain. One word. Unpleasant. Just to let you know that coverage of first free practice is about to begin at the top of this page and on the Red Button. Lovely.

0844: What song would you have picked for Webber and Vettel to sing at their celebration party? Abba's 'The Winner Takes It All', the Bill Withers classic 'Just The Two Of Us' or if you wanted to be cheeky, anything by Wings. Anyway, let me know what you think via the usual channels, on Twitter, 606 (after 0900 BST) or text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. You could even chat about what is going to happen this weekend. I'll leave it up to you.

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Just starting to pour down again, almost too wet to run now."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Hockenheim: "Hello again. Well, the decision to pack boots and a raincoat has paid off as it is tipping it down in the Rhineland. Renault's Robert Kubica was the portent of gloom when he predicted: 'The first time we put dry tyres on could be Sunday, which will make it difficult.' Lewis Hamilton summed up the problems brought by a wet first practice: 'You can't really test things in the wet as the grip is so low. If it stays wet all weekend we may have to do our testing in the next race.' McLaren are keen to get cracking on finding out whether their new diffuser - abandoned in Silverstone - will add performance to their car as they aim to chase down Red Bull, winners of the last two races."

0836: So then, it was all fun and games in the Red Bull garage last time out at Silverstone, with Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel playing out their latest version of happy families. Webber said his victory at the British GP, after the team controversially took off his new front wing to give it to team-mate Sebastian Vettel, was an "appointment with karma" although the Aussie insists he has now cleared the air with the team. Maybe the mood was helped by the team sing-a-long after the race, in which Webber sang the Bryan Adams soft-rock classic 'Summer of 69' while Vettel played Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water'. Emotional scenes.

0834: And a very good morning to you. Welcome to our coverage of the German Grand Prix. We've got telly pictures from Hockenheim and I can exclusively reveal that it is very, very grey in Germany. And wet. There are a few hardy souls on the track and the in-field with umbrellas and there's hardly anyone in the stands. Did I mention that it is wet?

0830: Ah, the school holidays are here and six weeks of child boredom hell/joyous family time* lie ahead. What better way to mark this momentous occasion by taking in a bit of German Grand Prix practice from Hockenheim. Join me.
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After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
German Grand Prix practice results
24 Feb 10 |  Results
Alonso tops Red Bulls in practice
23 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Schumacher targets 2011 F1 title
22 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren confident over upgrades
22 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Villeneuve confirms Durango link
21 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren will not favour Hamilton
20 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
No favouritism says Red Bull boss
19 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Chandhok dropped for German race
16 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Webber clears air with Red Bull
15 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
Toro Rosso keep drivers for 2011
15 Jul 10 |  Formula 1
'Angry' Ferrari vow to fight back
13 Jul 10 |  Formula 1

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