German GP: Rain wreaks havoc

2012-07-20 16:56

HOCKENHEIM, Germany -  McLaren's Jenson Button and team mate Lewis Hamilton dominated the first practice session at a wet German Grand Prix as Michael Schumacher emerged unscathed from an embarrassing crash.

Heavy rain played havoc with the second session which ended with Schumacher bringing out the red flags.

Williams' Pastor Maldonado was fastest in the second session although the rookie was more than 10 seconds behind Button's first sesson time.


Seven-times world champion Schumacher lost control of his car on turn 12 and spun out of control across the grass into the barriers in front of the Mercedes stand.

Schumacher emerged unscathed but looking decidedly uncomfortable. He then watched the marshals as they lifted his Mercedes onto a crane.

The session ended early, although most of the fans had already left the rain-soaked stands.

The intermittent showers was nothing on the scale which caused chaos at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Test driver Valtteri Bottas crashed his Williams near the end of the opening session, smashing into the barriers on corner 13 and emerging unscathed to survey the damage.

The rain continued after the second practice which was bad news for hundreds of people camped in forests and fields outside the circuit, a tradition in Hockenheim.

Second practice results from the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Germany at Hockenheim:

1 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min27.476
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min27.564
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1min27.902
4 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1min28.402
5 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min28.420
6 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min28.495
7 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min28.513
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min28.516
9 Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1min28.877
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1min29.327
11 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min29.364
12 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min29.719
13 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1min29.785
14 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 1min30.090
15 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 1min30.220
16 Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams 1min30.291
17 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham 1min30.331
18 Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1min30.437
19 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1min30.617
20 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min31.207
21 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham 1min32.241
22 Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1min32.349
23 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1min32.777
24 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 1min42.566

First practice session results from the German Grand Prix:
1 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min16.595
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1min17.093
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min17.370
4 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1min17.382
5 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1min17.413
6 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min17.599
7 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min17.915
8 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1min17.995
9 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1min18.020
10 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min18.130
11 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1min18.226
12 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull 1min18.339
13 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min18.422
14 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 1min18.709
15 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus - Renault 1min18.831
16 Jules Bianchi (France) Force India 1min18.972
17 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1min19.039
18 Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham 1min19.674
19 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham 1min19.963
20 Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull 1min20.122
21 Charles Pic (France) Marussia 1min20.169
22 Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia 1min20.539
23 Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT 1min21.138
24 Dani Clos (Spain) HRT 1min21.740

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