Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber both admitted there was very little to learn on Friday at Hockenheim as rain played a major role in both sessions. Vettel, chasing his first home victory, was frustrated at the limited running on dry tyres although that may not prove a huge disadvantage.
“We couldn't learn too much today, so we just got used to the conditions, as there may be rain tomorrow and also on Sunday. The forecast isn't looking great. It would have been good to have got some dry running in, especially this afternoon to test a couple of things and see how the car feels – it's hard to get a proper baseline when the conditions keep changing. We have to carry the extremes into tomorrow and Sunday, so we obviously tried to limit the running on those tyres.”
Teammate Webber was taken by surprise by the level of rain today but felt the Red Bull team maximised the track time available.
“That was a bit unreal. We didn't expect the rain to be this bad today, but it was quite heavy at times – we even used the extreme full wet tyre. That's two races in a row now with tricky conditions. We haven't done much dry running yet, but Sunday looks like it will be better weather-wise. We needed to check what the track conditions were like in terms of grip level, as it's a different layout here to Silverstone and different asphalt. We tried a few small new parts today. The lap times were all over the place and there were a few incidents, but we got everything we could out of that session.”