Lewis Hamilton is continuing his good run of form, leading the way at the first day of testing at Hockenheim. The British driver has been testing out a new engine cover design which has been nicknamed the anvil engine cover thanks to it s shape. McLaren are following in the footsteps of Red Bull Racing who began the trend, a trend which has been copied by Renault and Force India so far.
Showers marred the first part of testing, although the track soon dried and the teams were able to get plenty of dry testing. Ferrari s Kimi Raikkonen was the second quickest of the day, followed by the Williams of Rosberg. There was just the one red flag during the session when Alex Wurz spun his Honda at the Mercedes Tribune corner.
Unofficial times for day 1 of testing at Hockenheim:
Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.483 75 2. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:15.803 63 3. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:16.099 87 4. Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1:16.516 97 5. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.533 113 6. Kobayashi Toyota 1:16.570 65 7. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:16.593 59 8. Piquet Renault 1:16.856 111 9. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:17.361 67 10. Wurz Honda 1:17.825 89