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German Grand Prix practice as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac

1443: Time to sign off for today. Thank you very much for your company and your messages, apologies for not being able to use them all. I'll be back tomorrow from 0930 BST for FP3 and qualifying. It should be a good one. Keep an eye on our F1 page for all the reaction from Germany, and I'll see you tomorrow. Take care.

1439: And finally, a last question for Ted Kravitz:
I have been really impressed with Paul di Resta's in F1. Is this guy tied to Force India for two seasons or do you reckon someone from one of the big teams may sniff around him? Gav, Fife
"We understand that Paul di Resta is tied to Mercedes for the foreseeable future, so that means they could potentially place him in one of three teams: Force India or McLaren, with whom Mercedes have engine deals and close links, or their own factory team, Mercedes GP. But it's most likely he'll stay at Force India for 2012."

1434: A quick run down of the top 10 for you. Webber (1:31.711), Alonso (1:31.879), Vettel (1:32.084), Massa (1:32.354), Schumacher (1:32.411), Rosberg (1:32.557), Hamilton (1:32.724), Heidfeld (1:33.098), Petrov (1:33.138) and Sutil (1:33.211).

Twitter
rogerbrown1989 on Twitter: "Vettel well off the pace but it's only Friday. I've seen this before."

Chequered flag
1430: And FP2 can be put to bed. Mark Webber sets the fastest time in free practice, with Fernando Alonso in second. "Mark Webber seems to have the upper hand at this stage," says BBC Radio 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson.

1429: Here's another question for our very own Ted Kravitz:
Do you think Red bull will be beaten this weekend by Ferrari? Steven, Liverpool
"Very possibly. Fernando Alonso says he can - and will - take risks as he tries to win as many of the remaining 10 races. Sebastian Vettel has to protect his lead, and the best way to do that is to score consistent points for the rest of the season. Indeed if Vettel finishes second at every remaining race, he'll win the championship no matter what Webber or Alonso do."

1425: Hamilton is on a different set of option tyres. Let's see what difference that makes. Vettel is told over the radio: "You need to find a couple of tenths in the middle sector." That's where he is losing out to team-mate Webber at the minute.

1420: We've had a few questions in for Ted Kravitz, which he has kindly answered, and I'll be sprinkling them before the end. Here's the first one:
Ted, who's your favourite driver to interview and why? Dan, Portishead
"I don't have any favourites out of the current drivers, but Alex Wurz always gave the most intelligent answers, Juan Pablo Montoya the most controversial and Ralf Schumacher's often contained the most swear words, but Kimi Raikkonen was always fun, just for the challenge of understanding what he was saying!"

1417: Ferrari tell Fernando Alonso to come into the pits so that they can fit in a four-lap run on the primes before the end of the session. Meanwhile, BBC pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham reports that Jenson Button was running with a one-off test exhaust, which failed, and his session is over as they have not got the time to change it back over.

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geoyakult on Twitter: "More on F1 lookalikes..... Mark Webber and Jedi Jim from this year's Apprentice."

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horrificsquid on Twitter: "The qualifying and race are going to be a battle I feel."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "When Mark Webber set his fastest time so far, he was using his DRS overtaking device everywhere he could around the lap, which means he was running in qualifying spec. During the race, DRS is limited to the back straight - and then only if the driver is close enough to the car in front to activate it. This means Red Bull wanted to understand how the soft tyre behaved in this cold track temperature and how long it takes to warm up. A track temperature of 24C is one of the lowest there has been in the dry all year, and it looks like, as in Istanbul (which was also chilly), it will take two or three laps to get enough heat into the tyre to produce the best lap time in qualifying. This will make Q3 very interesting, as it is only 10 minutes long."

1410: Can I just say that I'm not getting involved in this look-a-like thing and I'm known in the office as BBC Sport's Ross Brawn, which is very harsh on Ross. Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen visits the grass at Turn Five. There have been a lot of troubles at that corner today.

1407: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has a wild moment through the 160mph chicane at Turns Eight and Nine, the car snapping sideways in the left-hand section, getting into a bit of a 'tank-slapper' and sending him across the gravel on the inside of the right-hand part. "He was lucky to get away with that," says 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson. "You don't want to be going off into the gravel through there."

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Lili, Herts via text: "Also on the look-a-like front, Mark Webber as Woody and Michael Schumacher as Buzz Lightyear?"

1405: Vettel is now up to third with a 1:32.084, Massa is fourth (1:32.354), Schumacher fifth (1:32.411) and Rosberg sixth (1:32.557). Hamilton is seventh with a best of 1:32.724 while Button is ninth after a 1:33.225. Thought I saw sunshine in Germany there, oh no, it's gone back in again.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "We'll wait to hear from Cosworth whether Daniel Ricciardo's stoppage was an engine failure or something else, but according to the Northampton-based company, the Nurburgring isn't massively hard on engines. The circuit ranks alongside Malaysia and Brazil in terms of power sensitivity, demanding good mid-range torque and driveability. But there's another factor - the Nurburgring is up in the mountainous Eifel region, where the air is a little thinner than normal. The atmospheric pressure is 940 millibars today, whereas in London right now it's 1017. That doesn't mean the engines work harder, just that they produce a little less power than they would at sea level. Of the circuits F1 visits, only Interlagos in Brazil has a lower ambient pressure."

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James from Portsmouth via text: "If we are talking about lookie likeys, what about Jenson Button's similarity to Chris Martin from Coldplay?"

1354: Webber responds to that time from Alonso and posts a 1:31.711 to go quickest. Alonso and Massa, have recently had problems at that Turn Seven hairpin. Alonso ran wide and into the gravel but was able to continue.

1351: Right then, we have around 40 minutes left in the session and as I am fortunate enough to have pit-lane reporter Ted Kravtiz sitting next to me, I would like to invite you to send in your questions for him. Remember, you can get in touch via Twitter (via hashtag #BBCF1 ) or text in via 81111 with F1 before your message. Ace.

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Anon via text: "Does anyone else think that Sebastian Vettel looks a lot like Justin Bieber?"

1348: Alonso has been winding up over the last few laps and then, boom, he sets a 1:31.879 to top the timesheets. Hamilton is also on the options and is up to third with a 1:32.724.

1343: Fernando Alonso tells his team that there are now spots of rain around. The team are sceptical. "There is nothing on the radar," is the reply, "but obviously no risks." Toro Rosso's Buemi is out for the rest of the session as BBC pit-lane reporter Natalie Pinkham says the Swiss has reported a miss fire in that Ferrari engine of his "between 16,000 and 18,000 rpm".

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "Paul di Resta is back in the car for Force India in second practice. He's finished second here twice in the German DTM Touring Car Championship for Mercedes and has raced at the Nurburgring for many years. This weekend though will be the first time the Scot has raced on the circuit's longer track configuration. And while Paul has his first taste of his home grand prix last time out at Silverstone, he's no stranger to fans with 100,000 people regularly turning up at DTM races. Paul has already been out meeting lots of his supporters here, so much so it's almost like a second home race in a row!"

1337: Massa, by the way, was on the softer option tyre when he set that time. Maldonado locks up, puts a flat spot on his primes and is in the pits. "The car is too unpredictable," he tells his team. "The front is taking too much grip and we lose the rear."

Williams technical director Sam Michael on Pastor Maldonado: "He's done a much better job than I expected him to, and I think his second season in F1 is going to be very good."

1332: Hmmm, Buemi has his coat on in the Toro Rosso garage. It doesn't look like he's going anywhere. Then we see the car and his engine cover is off. Not good. And this will please Ferrari fans, Massa now goes fastest with a 1:32.466.

1328: Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi is the only driver not have set a time this morning following his flying visit into the gravel this morning. Petrov now goes fourth with a 1:33.956 while Massa, in fifth, improves to a 1:34.052.

1324: Massa puts a dirty great flat spot on his tyres as he brakes suddenly at the entrance to the pit lane. Renault's Vitaly Petrov moves above Hamilton to fifth with a 1:34.265. Jenson Button is down in 22nd with a best of 1:41.377.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "We've had some more details on the revised exhausts from Renault, who are trialling on Nick Heidfeld's car a new, more conventional, exhaust layout than the radical one they have raced all year with front-facing exits. The new design is very much still work in progress. As there's no in-season testing, this is the first opportunity Renault have had to experiment with this layout and the engineers are learning all the time. If the exhausts prove not to be race-reliable, with overheating the biggest concern, Renault will revert Heidfeld's car to the front-exiting exhaust system for qualifying and the race, which will mean a big job for the mechanics overnight."

1318: Michael Schumacher is currently 11th with a best of 1:37.053 and is told by his Mercedes team: "Michael, you are tending to stay on the throttle through turns one, three, and seven." Ferrari report that Alonso is heading out for a first run in second practice on the harder prime tyres. Team-mate Massa, meanwhile, is complaining of understeer.

1314: Don't panic. Mercedes now know where Rosberg is. Their GPS is back. Phew. There are loads of times on the board now, Alonso leads the way with a 1:32.990, then it is Webber (1:33.642), Vettel (1:33.823), Massa (1:34.137) and Hamilton (1:34.393).

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at the Nurburgring: "I grabbed a word with Renault boss Eric Boullier about the team's experiment with a conventional exhaust on Nick Heidfeld's car in Germany. First of all he wanted to clarify that there were 'zero' problems with Heidfeld's car and that any TV pictures showing overheating in the garage came about because Renault were checking the limits of overheating, not any actual difficulties. Boullier also said it was too early to say whether the new exhaust system was out-performing the team's innovative forward-facing exhaust which Vitaly Petrov is still running on his car. However, Boullier reckons there is an extra 0.2 seconds per lap to be gained with the new system. He also adds that the team can still stick a forward-facing exhaust system back on Heidfeld's car in time for Saturday if needs be."

1309: Oh dear, there's horrible smoke piling out of the back of Daniel Ricciardo's Hispania. Does not look good. The car comes to a halt and that looks like he will be out for a while. Mercedes get on the radio to Nico Rosberg to tell him: "We have very little timing at the moment, we have lost telemetry and GPS."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Jenson Button, who was slower than team-mate Lewis Hamilton in first practice and looked to be struggling with a lack of rear grip, has reverted to McLaren's conventional rear wing. In the first session he tried a new wing aimed at giving a greater gain when the DRS overtaking device is deployed. This new version, though, produces slightly less overall downforce. Hamilton has retained the conventional wing he ran in the first session."

1305: Lewis Hamilton runs wide at Turn One after locking up a little as he comes into it, Karun Chandhok has a spin but is able to continue, while Rubens Barrichello complains that there is something loose inside his Williams cockpit. A nice quiet start, eh?

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Clint 'the unbiased Aussie' from London: "G'day. I think Webber has a real chance at victory this weekend. Has been improving on the Pirelli tyre over the last few races."

1300: We are off. Vitantonio Liuzzi is back for Hispania while Paul di Resta returns for Force India.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Ferrari so far look to have retained the impressive pace they showed in Fernando Alonso's victory in the British Grand Prix. One thing that worked well for them at Silverstone was their moveable rear wing - the DRS. Alonso breezed past Lewis Hamilton in the Silverstone DRS zone, whereas the Red Bulls never managed to get past the McLaren on the track. But Ferrari's technical director Pat Fry doesn't expect DRS to have such a big effect at the Nurburgring because the fast chicane at Turns Eight and Nine before the DRS detection zone makes it difficult to stay within a second of the car in front because of the resulting loss of downforce."

1255: Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari is told over his team radio that no rain is forecast for this session but the sky is certainly looking bruised. Five to go.


1252: I may have been too hasty with that sun graphic. As Down Under by Men At Work blares around the circuit, the sky is starting to darken. No rain as yet, though.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at the Nurburgring: "Hello again. What information have I gleaned for you in a lunchtime patrol of the paddock? Well, Toro Rosso say Sebastien Buemi should be back out this afternoon after he flew through the air and landed in the gravel at the end of first practice. The mechanics have repaired any damage and the floor is back on - always a good sign. Toro Rosso also joked that Buemi is thinking of entering the Red Bull Air Race. Neither Nico Rosberg nor Michael Schumacher were particularly happy with the balance of their cars, but Mercedes say this is a good thing because it means there's more performance to be found this afternoon. My most surprising news, however, was that Ferrari were serving beef curry for lunch. They didn't seem that pleased when I commented that it wasn't very Italian. Oh well."

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RedBullLordy on Twitter: "The track is ever evolving, expect once rubbered in it will still be the same but not in the order of FP1. Webber FP2 Fastest.

1245: Crumbs! That doesn't sound good at all. I wish you well. Please remember people that to avoid a clash with a certain England v India Test match, could you please place F1 before your text message as my failing eyesight makes it hard for me to pick your messages out. Ta. Coverage of FP2, by the way, is on the Red Button and in the console at the top of this page. Think that's it.

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Anon via text: "I have spent the break chasing down an electrician after the plumbers upstairs fried my electrics half way through FP1 as a result of a massive water leak. Hopefully he'll have everything fixed before FP2!!!"

The sun is out
1243: It's certainly not as grey at the Nurburgring at the moment. I mean, it still is grey, just not as grey. I've even seen some sun breaking through over the last 10 minutes or so. Definitely time for a graphic.

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James from Newbury via text: "Orlo - it's shaping up to be a good weekend. Let's hope from a neutral perspective that Vettel isn't out in the lead. It's so much more interesting with 5-6 cars having the potential to win."

1238: FP2 gets going at 1300 BST and it will be interesting to see how the session pans out after Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the pace this morning. What are your thoughts on FP2 and this weekend in general? Let me know via Twitter (via hashtag #BBCF1 ), you can tweet me direct via http://twitter.com/markorlovac or you can text me via 81111 with F1 before your message.

1235: Hello again. Hope you've had a productive two and a bit hours. I've been looking at Twitter photos of Richard Branson celebrating his birthday last week swimming with whale sharks off Cancun. Little bit different to how I mark my birthday I can tell you. Posting pictures of a few pints at my local followed by a curry, if I'm lucky, will seem pretty lame in comparison.



1230: Welcome back. Is it my age or do these breaks seem to get shorter and shorter?


1045: Time to sign off. Sarah Holt's report is now up for you to read over your mid-morning snack. I'll see you at around 1230 BST for FP2. Bye.

1040: And the rest of the top 10 for you. Nico Rosberg was in seventh (1:33.787), Adrian Sutil eighth (1:33.832) while Nico Hulkenberg, test driving for Force India, is just quicker than seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Twitter
dan_lake on Twitter: "Ferrari looking good in P1 at Nurburgring, maybe its Alonso's turn to de-throne Vettel on his home turf?"

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BenGriffin7 on Twitter: "Alonso looks very quick again this weekend."

Chequered flag
1030: That's your lot for FP1. Alonso sets the fastest time (1:31.894) and he's followed by Webber (1:32.217), Vettel (1:32.268), Massa (1:32.681), Hamilton (1:32.996) and Button (1:33.628).

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Of course we don't know the difference in fuel levels between the two McLarens but with the old rear wing, Lewis Hamilton was six tenths of a second quicker than Jenson Button and by the look of how loose Button's car was with the new rear wing, McLaren will be thinking long and hard about whether their that new part is the one they want to stick with for the rest of the weekend."

Someone has crashed
1027: Hamilton on the primes. Alonso on the options, and the Ferrari driver is on a quick one. Big moment for Toro Rosso Sebastien Buemi. He touches the grass with one of his wheels coming down into Turn Five. He loses the car and it flies sideways into the gravel. Alonso can still finish his lap, though, and it's a stonker. A 1:31.894.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 live analyst Anthony Davidson: "Vettel is at his strongest when he's leading from the front. If he's in the mix, he's beatable, as we saw at Silverstone."

1021: Whoops. Heikki Kovalainen makes a horlicks of Turn Five and takes his Lotus across the grass and gravel before continuing.

Twitter
Tom_kerr60 on Twitter: "Re: Red Bull team orders. If Webber is assured that he can benefit from them as well he must also know Vettel can also ignore them!"

1015: Chandhok was at the bottom of the timesheets but is now improving. He's up to 20th with a 1:38.765. Here's more from our very own Ted Kravitz: "One amusing bit of trivia on the new Team Lotus driver is that strictly speaking, he is not allowed in the pit lane as he only has a 'paddock only' pass." Right, get me the number for security...

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "Michael Schumacher has always explored just how far he can push things going into the corners during practice. I have seen him go off the track quite a lot on Fridays when he is testing his limits."

1010: Schumacher runs wide at Turn Seven and visits the gravel. Still manages to wave at the crowd as he drive through it and back on to the track. Professional to the end, see. Nice touch.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Ferrari have further refinements to their exhaust and diffuser in Germany, and it's believed they have a new front wing, even if it hasn't made an appearance in first practice. This is standard operating procedure for Ferrari, who like to establish a baseline and do their aero set-up in first practice, before experimenting with their new bits later on Friday afternoon."

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christelford on Twitter: "For Webber to get payback he would need pole and Red Bull would have to issue the 'hold your position' instruction from the start line!"

1002: Webber moves up to second with a 1:32.217 with Massa fourth after a 1:32.681. Hamilton is fifth (1:32.996), Button in sixth (1:33.628).

0959: Well this is interesting. Alonso is on the softer option tyres and immediately improves to a 1:32.534 before going fastest with a 1:32.037. This bodes well and will lift the hopes of those wanting a close battle this weekend. That includes me by the way.

0951: More on that team orders thing involving Red Bull. Aussie Mark Webber, who was instructed not to overtake team-mate Vettel for second at Silverstone last time out, says Red Bull have assured him that he will also have the benefit of team orders if the situation arises. What do you think?

Force India driver Paul di Resta: "We have come to the Nurburgring with a small update and we will evaluate that today. We just need to understand the car a bit more. The weather is a bit tricky here and a bit cold. But hopefully over the next few grands prix we will have a better understanding."

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Jenson Button is trying in this first session a new rear wing that has a more powerful DRS overtaking aid but a little less overall downforce. The team tried it at Silverstone as well, but were unable to run it because of the rule change restricting the use of exhaust gases to generate downforce, which hit them badly because they had exploited the blown diffuser area more aggressively then Red Bull and Ferrari. Now that has been abandoned, they are expecting to be back in the hunt for the podium in Germany. Another change on the car are new fins next to the wing mirrors - these clean up airflow to the rear wing and have been seen on various cars in recent years."

0940: Vettel is now the fastest man on out there. He posts a 1:32.536, which is 0.460 fastest than Hamilton's best. He's on the options. Alonso out and about on the harder prime tyres now. He sets a 1:33.586, which places him in fourth, and Anthony Davidson speculates that the Spaniard is the fastest man on those tyres as he thinks Hamilton and Webber, who are in second and third, set their times on the options.

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie at the Nurburgring: "With six German drivers on the grid and a reigning German world champion in Sebastian Vettel, many of the contingent of 'home' drivers were saying they owed their chance and success to Michael Schumacher. The 42-year-old was Germany's first world champion in 1994 and then went on to win it a record seven times. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg acknowledged the fact that while it was his father - and 1982 champ - Keke who inspired him to go racing, it was Schumacher who created the appetite for F1 in Germany, leading to more viewers on television and more sponsors for young drivers coming through the ranks."

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MarkyBryans on Twitter: "Rain, rain come to stay! Time for another scintillating performance from JB this weekend. He will be head & shoulders ahead... "

0931: Hamilton is flying at the minute. Not literally, obviously, that would be silly. He's improved to a 1:32.996. Vettel is on a flier too, his first one, and that's a 1:37.620. Good enough for eighth. It is worth mentioning that Karun Chandhok is driving for Team Lotus this weekend, with Jarno Trulli making way. Narain Karthikeyan is in the Hispania this morning.


0926: Plenty of movement times wise. Hamilton is now top with a 1:34.982 and he is followed by Nico Rosberg (1:35.046), Michael Schumacher (1:36.457), Alguersuari (1:37.391) and Kamui Kobayashi (1:37.737).

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "Renault have introduced major changes to their car for this race in an attempt to get back to competitiveness. The innovative forward-exiting exhaust has been dropped in favour of a more conventional Red Bull-style layout, with the gases exiting either side of the gearbox and flowing into the diffuser. On Friday, only Nick Heidfeld is running the new exhausts, while Vitaly Petrov's car has not been altered. Given the difficulty in swapping between the two arrangements - which require a different chassis - that is likely to be the case for the rest of the weekend."

0920: And we have a few times on the board at the moment. Renault's Nick Heidfeld has a 1:37.987 on the board, with Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari second after a 1:40.333. By the way we have a very special guest in BBC Towers with us today, and sitting alongside me is... drum roll please... pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz, who will be giving me a snippets throughout practice.

BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The flashing lights on Felipe Massa's steering wheel shows that he is doing a constant speed aero check for Ferrari and he is testing further upgrades to the race-winning improvements they brought to Silverstone."

BBC pit-lane reporter Lee McKenzie: "Ferrari performed some magic to win their first race of the season at Silverstone two weeks ago and I met Fernando Alonso to see if he had any tricks up his sleeve this weekend in Germany. As it happened, when we gave him a pack of cards the Spaniard wowed me with a three-card trick. It was very impressive. Watch out for it during Sunday's race programme on BBC One. Alonso also told me sometimes he goes into the garage on Sunday morning and entertains his mechanics with a card trick or two. Alonso doesn't think his win in Silverstone was a one-off and sees no reason why he shouldn't be fighting with Red Bull again here."

0908: All the drivers have been out and about. But there's been no times set as yet. A few of the drivers have gone out on the softer tyres. One of them is Lewis Hamilton and he has a lock up early on, which puts a big flat spot on them. By the way, that soft tyre is new version from Pirelli, who are evaluating it during Friday practice.

BBC Radio 5 live F1 analyst Anthony Davidson: "I don't know how fast Ferrari are going to be here. They have had an up and down season. They have got a faster car than what they had in Barcelona. The car seems to be stronger but it is hard to predict how they will go."

0900: And we are off. We are quite busy early doors as the cars pile out for their installation laps. Still looking moody out there but there's no rain.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at the Nurburgring: "Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were both confident they will be back on form in Germany this weekend, especially now the ban on off-throttle blowing of diffusers has been postponed until next year. The first step towards a recovery begins, as always, during Friday practice and Button explained what lies ahead for McLaren. 'We are putting more downforce on the car here and we should bed in pretty quickly and find our feet,' he said. 'Most of the work we'll be doing is aerodynamic checks of the new upgrades and engine modes and then we'll start going into set-up work. Lewis and I might both go in completely different directions from ideas we had in the simulator and then at the end of the day you sit down with all the information and discuss what direction we will go in over the weekend.'"

0849: Right then, here's the plan for today. First practice starts at 0900 BST with second practice getting going at 1300 BST. It's all on the Red Button and in the console at the top of this page, FP1 is on BBC 5 live sports extra, while there's also this live text commentary thing with me. Ace. Now this is your text commentary so here's how you get in touch. You can use Twitter (via hashtag #BBCF1 ), you can tweet me direct via http://twitter.com/#!/markorlovac or you can text me via 81111 with F1 before your message. I'm waiting.

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Force India on Twitter: "Looks like we will get a dry start to running in FP1. Nico [Hulkenberg] is driving this session, in Paul [Di Resta's] car, alongside Adrian [Sutil]."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt at the Nurburgring: "Formula 1 has left behind the Northamptonshire flatlands around Silverstone and travelled to Germany's Eifel mountains, 60 miles south of Cologne. High among the pea-green fields, sombre grey wind turbines and dense forests sits the Nurburgring, home to this year's German Grand Prix. The race is officially being called 'The Halfway Point of the Season' - and with a second race in Hungary next week the teams have plenty of work to do in the next 10 days. The topography of the region means the weather here can be fickle, and grey cloud is already threatening the patches of blue sky as I type… "

0838: And there's me going on about the weather, I'm getting pictures from Germany and it's pretty grey. So someone else has got our clouds then. Here's more from our very own Sarah Holt...

The sun is out
The sun is out
0834: Hi. How are things? The sun is out in west London. It's out I tell you. Maybe one day we'll get this thing called 'summer' everyone gets so excited about. This is the halfway point of the 2011 season and a certain Sebastian Vettel leads the way by a whopping 80 points. Is there challenger in the field ready to pounce? The next couple of days could tell us a bit more.

0830: This time last year, the words "Fernando is faster than you" became part of the F1 lexicon. In 2011, team orders are still the talk of the town. Good morning and a very warm welcome to the German Grand Prix.




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Results

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
Alonso tops Red Bulls in practice
22 Jul 11 |  Formula One
No reason to panic, says Hamilton
22 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Webber gets team orders guarantee
21 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Lotus drop Trulli for German GP
21 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Ecclestone in F1 bribe allegation
20 Jul 11 |  Business
McLaren not threatened by Ferrari
20 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Alonso bids to chase down Vettel
14 Jul 11 |  Formula One
F1 reaches closure on exhaust row
14 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Vettel urges Red Bull to refocus
12 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Alonso cautious on title chances
11 Jul 11 |  Formula One
Alonso storms to Silverstone win
14 Jul 11 |  Formula One


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