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Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice at Hockenheim

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Nico Rosberg finished Free Practice 1 on top of the time sheets for Mercedes AMG PETRONAS for the German Grand Prix.

The German set a fastest lap time of 1:15.517 to fend off team-mate Lewis Hamilton from the top spot. This is the seventh consecutive session that Mercedes have finished one-two for the 2016 Formula 1 season. With this time, there is an improvement of just under four tenths from the fastest FP1 time set by Rosberg in 2014.

Behind Hamilton was the first Scuderia Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel who briefly had a moment on the top spot but was unable to stay there, finishing the session with a time of 1:16.667. Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was only 0.185 seconds behind in fourth for Ferrari while Max Verstappen finished the session ahead of Red Bull Racing team-mate Daniel Ricciardo with a time of 1:16.927.

Fernando Alonso managed to finish the session ahead of McLaren-Honda team-mate Jenson Button. The Spaniard was the first driver to set the pace in the session after setting a time of 1:18.817. Everyone was improving around Alonso and even though he improved his time by 1.634 seconds. He was only able to finish the session in seventh.

Button set a fastest lap time of 1:17.612, only 2.095 seconds behind the pace setter of Rosberg. Daniil Kvyat had a good session after he finished in ninth ahead of Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. Sainz finished the session with a time of 1:18.044, only 0.036 seconds behind Kvyat. Marcus Ericsson finished the session just outside of the top ten for Sauber.

The Swede set a fastest lap time of 1:18.198 to finish ahead of the Williams Martini Racing of Valtteri Bottas. Bottas finished the session with a time of 1:18.210, nearly one tenths of a second ahead of team-mate Felipe Massa. The Finn had a moment at Turn 6 when he span his FW38, he was able to recover and continue on. Massa had a reasonable quiet session for Williams, he finished in thirteenth.

Romain Grosjean finished the session in fourteenth with a fastest lap time of 1:18.589 for Haas F1 Team. The Frenchman had a moment with Raikkonen when the Ferrari driver slowed too much heading into the pits, with Grosjean narrowly avoiding him. Behind Grosjean was the first Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg who finished ahead of his team-mate Sergio Perez.

The German set a fastest lap time of 1:18.591 to finish in fifteenth. Perez finished ahead of Charles Leclerc who was standing in for Esteban Gutierrez. When Leclerc set his fastest lap time of 1:18.882, he jumped up to tenth. With everyone around him improving, the Ferrari protege was unable to improve and had to settle for seventh. Kevin Magnussen finished the session in eighteenth for Renault Sport F1.

The Dane set a fastest lap time of 1:18.933, less than one tenths of a second behind Leclerc. Behind Magnussen was Felipe Nasr who set a time of 1:18.961 to finish the session in nineteenth ahead of the Renault of Esteban Ocon. Ocon completed FP1 in place of Jolyon Palmer for Renault. Behind the Frenchman was the first Manor Racing of Rio Haryanto.

The Indonesian driver finished the session 0.808 seconds in front of team-mate Pascal Wehrlein.

German Grand Prix Free Practice 1

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