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2014-07-18 14:24

GAME ON: Another Mercedes 1-2 as Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg led the first free practice session with team mate Lewis Hamilton in second.Image: AFP / Tom Gandolfini

HOCKENHEIM, Germany - Formula 1 championship leader Nico Rosberg led team mate Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes 1-2 in first practice for the 2014 German GP on Friday (July 18).

The session was the first since the governing body ruled against the high-tech front/rear interconnected suspension and all teams presented their cars for scrutineering without it on Thursday.

However, more exciting was that Susie Wolff had a second chance to make her mark among the men after being sidelined two weeks earlier with an engine problem at Silverstone. As the first woman to take part in a GP weekend in 22 years, she managed 22 laps this time

The times indicated little change in the pecking order however, with Rosberg setting a fastest lap of 1min19.131 and Hamilton 0.065 slower on a bright and hot Hockenheim morning.

SUPER DRIVE, SUSIE!

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who won the previous two races at the circuit which alternates with the Nurburgring, was third-fastest, 0.292 off the pace.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the only driver other than the Mercedes pair to win so far in 2014 (Canada), was fourth-fastest and quadruple champion team mate and 2013's German GP winner Sebastian Vettel sixth.

Wolf ended up an impressive 15th fastest, only a fraction slower than the Force India of 14th-placed Sergio Perez.

Perez made headlines in Britain when he jokingly told a Spanish TV reporter he would not want to be beaten by a woman. He came very close: his time on Friday was 1min20.598 and Wolff's 1min20.769.

Brazilian Felipe Massa, the team's experienced regular, was only 11th-fastest with a best time of 1min20.542.

Wolff's session was not without stress, however, and she hit trouble on her opening lap out of the garage when the car suffered a sensor problem.

1st Free Practice Session from the F1 German GP at Hockenheimring
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min19.131
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min19.196
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min19.423
4 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault 1min9.697
5 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min19.833
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault 1min20.097
7 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min20.105
8 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min20.210
9 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min20.337
10 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1min20.505
11 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1min20.542
12 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min20.586
13 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min20.592
14 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1min20.598
15 Susie Wolff (Britain) Williams-Mercedes 1min20.769
16 Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Sauber - Ferrari 1min20.782
17 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1min21.603
18 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1min21.854
19 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 1min22.572
20 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1min22.982
21 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 1min23.256
22 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min23.299

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