Webber fastest in Nurburgring first practice

Mark Webber topped the timesheets in the first practice session for Sunday’s German Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver was followed by Brawn GP’s Jenson Button, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in third.

The session saw plenty of action as variable weather conditions played havoc with the team’s preparations. A short sprinkle of rain and cold track temperatures, put paid to any dry running, early on in the session, and possibily signalled the weather for the weekend ahead.

The drama did not stop there as a number of drivers experienced problems. Lewis Hamilton suffered a suspected KERS issue in his Mclaren, but this was nothing in comparison to both Adrian Sutil and Sebastian Vettel. The two German heroes stopped out on circuit and compromised their sessions.

Although Vettel’s technical problem was deemed only minor, the German was not able to improve on his time in the dying minutes of the session.

Pos  Driver       Team                       Time              Laps
 1.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:33.082            19
 2.  Button       Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:33.463  + 0.381   18
 3.  Massa        Ferrari               (B)  1:33.745  + 0.663   21
 4.  Trulli       Toyota                (B)  1:33.795  + 0.713   23
 5.  Fisichella   Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:33.839  + 0.757   26
 6.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               (B)  1:33.840  + 0.758   23
 7.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:33.902  + 0.820   26
 8.  Vettel       Red Bull-Renault      (B)  1:33.909  + 0.827   13
 9.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       (B)  1:33.952  + 0.870   25
10.  Alonso       Renault               (B)  1:34.148  + 1.066   16
11.  Heidfeld     BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:34.221  + 1.139   25
12.  Barrichello  Brawn-Mercedes        (B)  1:34.227  + 1.145   17
13.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:34.483  + 1.401   14
14.  Kubica       BMW-Sauber            (B)  1:34.694  + 1.612   23
15.  Piquet       Renault               (B)  1:34.738  + 1.656   24
16.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:34.827  + 1.745   27
17.  Buemi        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  1:34.878  + 1.796   28
18.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  1:34.893  + 1.811   26
19.  Glock        Toyota                (B)  1:34.911  + 1.829   23
20.  Sutil        Force India-Mercedes  (B)  1:35.092  + 2.010    6

All Timing Unofficial