Hamilton gives Mercedes something to smile about in Nurburgring FP2

Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton was fastest in this afternoon’s free practice session. The reigning World Champion’s time was enough to better Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by just under two tenths of a session. Meanwhile Jenson Button continued his solid start to the weekend in third.

After a light shower at the start of the session, resulting in Giancarlo Fisichella’s Force India crashing out at turn 11, the teams were able to run a near normal program which allowed the drivers to become more accustomed to the super soft tyres, ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying session.

However the dark clouds continued to hang over the circuit for the majority of the session, giving a brief reminder of what might lie in store for the remainder of the weekend.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:32.149            23
 2.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:32.331  + 0.182   31
 3.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:32.369  + 0.220   32
 4.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:32.480  + 0.331   28
 5.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:32.511  + 0.362   32
 6.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:32.585  + 0.436   32
 7.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:32.664  + 0.515   26
 8.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:32.774  + 0.625   24
 9.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:32.872  + 0.723   32
10.  Piquet       Renault               (B)  1:32.992  + 0.843   29
11.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:33.012  + 0.863   36
12.  Massa        Ferrari               (B)  1:33.052  + 0.903   34
13.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:33.128  + 0.979   34
14.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:33.161  + 1.012   28
15.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:33.172  + 1.023   34
16.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:33.182  + 1.033   29
17.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:33.724  + 1.575   27
18.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:33.903  + 1.754   30
19.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:34.025  + 1.876   30
20.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:38.877  + 6.728    3