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22 Jul 16:46 Lewis Hamilton wins the German GP!
22 Jul 16:39 Bottas told to hold the position. Guess team orders are in play after all?
22 Jul 16:34 Will Mercedes give out team orders to the racing drivers?
22 Jul 16:32 10 laps left. The Verstappen fans are going nuts!
22 Jul 16:32 Safety car ending. Race back on!
22 Jul 16:30 Lewis Hamilton has taken the lead. He might face a penalty after his tea could not decide if he should box or not.
22 Jul 16:29 Utter heartbreak for Vettel. Safety car still out.
22 Jul 16:22 VETTEL OUT OF THE RACE!!!!!!
22 Jul 16:21 It's so slippery out there!
22 Jul 16:20 Bottas passes Kimi!
22 Jul 16:20 Force India spins off!
22 Jul 16:14 Verstappen pits and out behind Hamilton.
22 Jul 16:10 And there comes the rain, in buckets mind you.
22 Jul 16:08 Mercedes takes a big gamble and lets Hamilton box. 
22 Jul 15:57 Vettel was, in turn, told that rain is predicted in 10-15minutes.
22 Jul 15:56 Vettel saying his rear is getting quite hot.
22 Jul 15:51 Max pits and Kimi leads with Vettel in P2.
22 Jul 15:51 Bottas pits, comes out in P5. Daniel Ricciardo has another power problem and is out of the race. Heartbreaking for the poor Red Bull driver.
22 Jul 15:47 Vettel in and out of the pits in P4. Kimi has already pitted, but Bottas in P1 and Verstappen in P2 both still have to pit. So Vette will gain back his position.
22 Jul 15:45 Let's hope something interesting happens in this race, else it's going to be pretty humdrum.
22 Jul 15:44 Alonso in P7.
22 Jul 15:32 Kimi in and out of the pits just ahead of Hamilton in P5.
22 Jul 15:28 Lap12 of 67, still very neat and tidy out on the track. Hamilton now in P6.
22 Jul 15:25 Ricciardo moving up in P14.
22 Jul 15:22 Grosjean complaining about tyres too.
22 Jul 15:21 Daniel saying his grip not great, tyres are still not up to temperature.
22 Jul 15:17 Hamilton passes his former team mate Alonso, he is now in P11.
22 Jul 15:16 Showers forming around the circuit and Kimi reporting a few drops.
22 Jul 15:15 Poor Ricciardo still right at the back of the field.
22 Jul 15:15 Magnussen in P5 and Hulkenberg in P6.
22 Jul 15:14 Hamilton goes P13.
22 Jul 15:14 Max pushing Kimi!
22 Jul 15:13 The boys keeping it clean, Vettel leads then Bottas.
22 Jul 15:13 Lights out!
22 Jul 15:10 Formation lap in progress.
22 Jul 15:08 Today marks the 77th grand prix in Germany, more than any other country.
22 Jul 15:07 If Vettel wins today, it will be his maiden win at the Hockenheimring.
16:49 The Brit takes a 17 point lead to Hungary next weekend. Join us then for more fantastic F1 action, where Vettel will need to bounce back at the Hungaroring. Thanks for joining us, bye for now.
FINISH Valtteri Bottas brings it home in P2 for Mercedes' first 1-2 in their home nation. Kimi Raikkonen finishes on the podium for the fourth consecutive race.
FINISH HAMILTON WINS THE GERMAN GRAND PRIX!!
Lap 66 ONE TO GO: Hamilton leads by 4secs from Valtteri Bottas.
Lap 65 'Rain will be heavy, coming from Turn 2 to Turn 6," Bottas hears on the radio.
Lap 64 Romain Grosjean is working his way back up, and is now in P8.
Lap 63 "Threat of rain is building".. Four laps to go but could we have more drama?
Lap 62 Carlos Sainz has been given a ten-second time penalty for overtaking while the Safety Car was deployed.
Lap 61 Ocon, Ericsson, Grosjean, Hartley and Sainz (P7-P11) are within three seconds of each other.
Lap 60 "Hold position" is the message given to Bottas.
Lap 59 Hamilton now has a lead of over two seconds from Bottas.
Lap 58 Hamilton continues to lead from Bottas, Raikkonen and Verstappen.
Lap 58 GREEN FLAG!
Lap 57 Nico Hulkenberg is currently 'best of the rest' on fresh ultras, with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon in behind the Renault.
Lap 56 The Haas duo have dropped from their P5 and P6 grid slots to P11 and P12 after the Safety Car.
Lap 56 So the top four is Hamilton, Bottas, Raikkonen and Verstappen, all on the ultrasofts tyres.
Lap 54 UNDER THE SC: HAM BOT RAI VER HUL PER OCO ERI GRO SAI MAG HAR STR VAN LEC ALO GAS RIC VET SIR retired
Lap 53 Bottas pits under the Safety Car for the ultrasofts.
Lap 53 VETTEL OUT! The German crashes out and brings out the Safety Car.
Lap 52 It is chaos in Germany, and it is BRILLIANT! Cars are sliding left, right and centre at the Hockenheimring.
Lap 51 Both Leclerc and Perez spin in the rain, while Bottas gets past Raikkonen for P2.
Lap 50 Verstappen is now over a minute behind, having stopped three times. From ultras to softs to inters to ultras.
Lap 49 Vettel still leads from Raikkonen, by 6.4secs, with Bottas just behind.
Lap 48 Leclerc gets rid of the inters... Rain is decreasing, with the Sauber team putting on ultrasofts.
Lap 47 MAKE THAT FOUR! Verstappen pits for the inters.
Lap 46 Leclerc (I), Alonso (I) and Gasly (W) are the three not on dry tyres.
Lap 45 Hamilton is gaining 2s a lap on the new ultras, with more grip in the rain at the hairpin.
Lap 44 Sauber and McLaren gamble with the inters with Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso, respectively.
Lap 44 RAIN RAIN RAIN... It has arrived at Turn 6, the hairpin..
Lap 42 The top five are covered by just 13 seconds, until Hamilton pits for the ultrasofts.
Lap 41 Hamilton and Gasly are the only two men not to have pitted, with over half-distance now done..
Lap 40 "Rain in eight minutes" says Bottas' engineer.
Lap 39 THERE IT IS.... Vettel takes the lead from Raikkonen with the Finn moving over at the hairpin.
Lap 37 Vettel is still complaining on the radio, suggesting Ferrari need to swap the cars around.
Lap 36 That switch-a-roo... Still ain't happening.. Kimi still leads.
Lap 35 VANDOORNE OUT: Now his Renault engine seems to lose power..
Lap 33 "Rain prediction in 10-15 minutes" says the Ferrari team wall to Sebastian Vettel.
Lap 32 It remains Raikkonen ahead of Vettel, with Hamilton getting a touch closer.
Lap 31 Fernando Alonso finally pits from P8, and returns to the track in P15.
Lap 30 30 LAPS GONE: RAI VET HAM BOT VER MAG ALO HUL GRO PER ERI SAI LEC GAS OCO HAR STR SIR VAN RIC retired.
Lap 29 Verstappen pits, allowing the two Ferraris to move into the lead.
Lap 28 RICCIARDO OUT! His Red Bull loses power.. Despite the brand new engine components this weekend.
Lap 28 Bottas pits from the lead, with Max Verstappen taking top spot.
Lap 27 Expect a Raikkonen/Vettel switch-a-roo any moment...
Lap 26 Bottas now leads, with Verstappen and Raikkonen now ahead of Vettel and Hamilton.
Lap 25 Vettel pits on Lap 25, with Bottas, Verstappen and Raikkonen getting past the German.
Lap 24 So it is now Ferrari Mercedes Red Bull, repeat.
Lap 23 Ricciardo is now up to P6, having not stopped, but is 25secs behind Lewis Hamilton.
Lap 22 Somehow, Sainz does not go into the back of Grosjean's Haas at the hairpin, as Lance Stroll's Williams triggered a concertina effect.
Lap 21 Only six men left on the ultrasofts. VET BOT VER PER GRO OCO the men on the purple-striped tyres.
Lap 20 Raikkonen is the only man below the 1:18 mark, slowly chasing down Verstappen.
Lap 19 Ricciardo is now into the pits, having got past Hulkenberg (pitted) and then Leclerc (Turn 8).
Lap 18 Nico Hulkenberg pits from P7, with the German dropping down to P16 after his stop.
Lap 18 Vettel now leads by 4.5s from Bottas, with Verstappen a further 5.5s behind the Finn.
Lap 17 Ricciardo finally gets past Alonso to move up to P12 on those medium tyres.
Lap 16 Alonso tries a lunge down the inside of Leclerc for P11, but gets it wrong, with the Monegasque man getting back past the two-time World Champion.
Lap 15 The Finn comes out just in front of Hamilton, now sat in P4, behind Seb, Valtteri and Max.
Lap 14 Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen pits for the soft tyres, possibly with the change to a two-stop strategy...
Lap 14 Hamilton gets past Magnussen down into the hairpin for P5, next up is Max Verstappen, a full 18 seconds down the road.
Lap 13 The top four is covered by eight seconds, with Vettel ahead of Bottas, Kimi and Max.
Lap 12 Hamilton and Ricciardo still stuck behind Magnussen and Alonso respectively.
Lap 11 Hamilton moves up to P6, with just Kevin Magnussen now in front of him before the front runners.
Lap 10 Daniel Ricciardo is now up to P13, right behind Fernando Alonso.
Lap 9 Hamilton into P7 ahead of Sergio Perez. When he gets past KMag, he will be around 15secs behind the top four.
Lap 8 Hamilton now gets past Grosjean for P8, Vettel over three seconds ahead at the head of the field.
Lap 7 Hamilton up to P9, ahead of Sainz. Perez gets past Grosjean for P7.
Lap 5 Vettel's lead is now over two seconds at the front, while Kevin Magnussen holds the lead of the 'best of the rest'.
Lap 4 Hamilton is into the points now, having got past Charles Leclerc.
Lap 3 Hamilton up to P11, Ricciardo only P18.
Lap 2 Vettel has bolted out of DRS range by the end of the second lap.
START Vettel gets away and is out in front, with Bottas, Raikkonen and Verstappen all in the same position they started in.
15:10 The formation lap is underway! Lewis Hamilton has gone for the softs, while Daniel Ricciardo has the medium tyres on his Red Bull. A reminder that the top ten will all start the race on the ultrasofts.
15:07 The weather forecast has been updated, with a 60% chance of rain now coming around an hour into the race.
15:05 Who will take the 'best of the rest' spot at the Hockenheimring this afternoon? Will the Haas duo take it? Can a Renault get in amongst them, and can Fernando Alonso make his way to the top of that 'B' Championship?
15:02 Can Lewis and Danny Ric come through the field from the back? What tyres will the two big guns have on at the start?
14:59 Who will get through Turn 1 first? Will it be Sebastian, or could Valtteri get the nose of his Mercedes ahead of the Ferrari.
14:55 15 minutes now until lights out!
14:53 The weather seems to be set fair for the race, but there is a 40% chance of rain... Who knows what could happen on the weather front?
14:50 The best of the rest is Nico Hulkenberg, followed closely behind by Fernando Alonso Kevin Magnussen. Carlos Sainz rounds out the top ten in the Championship.
14:45 Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen round out the top six in the Championship.
14:42 Lewis Hamilton is eight points behind his fellow four-time World Champion, with the pair way ahead of the rest.
14:40 On the positive side for the Germans, Sebastian Vettel leads the Drivers' Championship, with 171 points.
14:36 However, this could be the last German Grand Prix for the near future, with both the Hockenheimring and Nurburgring suffering from financial issues.
14:34 The 4.5km configuration of the circuit was first used in 2002, which saw Michael Schumacher take the second of his four victories in Germany.
14:32 The will be the 36th running of the race around the Hockenheimring, which has seen several configurations over the course of its history in the sport.
14:30 With forty minutes until the start of the race, lets take a look at the track the drivers will be driving around 67 times this afternoon.
14:28 Daniel Ricciardo starts P19, with Pierre Gasly in P20. The pair have both taken new engine components and have been relegated to the back of the grid.
14:23 Esteban Ocon lines up in P15, with Brendon Hartley, Lance Stroll and Stoffel Vandoorne the last men on the timesheet yesterday in qualifying.
14:18 Fernando Alonso, Sergey Sirotkin and Marcus Ericsson just missed out on the top ten, and they have Lewis Hamilton just behind them in P14.
14:14 The fourth row plays host to the two Renaults of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz, with Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez rounding out the top ten.
14:11 Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen are the other big hitters at the top, on the second row. The two Haas drivers line up on the third row, with Kevin Magnussen ahead of Romain Grosjean on the grid.
14:08 The Brit's title rival, Sebastian Vettel, starts on pole position for his home grand prix. Valtteri Bottas lines up alongside the German on the front row.
14:06 Talking of Hamilton in P14, let's take a look at the starting grid for the race this afternoon..
14:04 It is the return of Formula 1 to Germany, with the last race in the country coming back in 2016. Lewis Hamilton won at the Hockenheimring two years ago, but can he come through the field today from P14...
14:00 Hello and welcome to our coverage of the German Grand Prix. In an hour and ten minutes' time, twenty cars will be on the grid and ready for the race at Hockenheim.
16:11 Thanks for joining us on qualifying day at the Hockenheimring. Join us again tomorrow for the German Grand Prix itself. Until then...
16:10 Verstappen is in P4. Magnussen qualifies best of the rest in P5. Completing the top 10; Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Sainz, Leclerc, Perez.
16:10 But Vettel absolutely smashes it! A huge roar as he posts a 1:11.212 - a blistering hot track record! He is on pole position!
16:09 Bottas on provisional pole...
16:09 Raikkonen up to P2...
16:08 Raikkonen and Bottas post a 15.4 again in sector 1. 15.2 for Vettel!
16:08 Not ideal prep for Bottas, who is backed up by Grosjean...
16:06 Tyre blankets off. It's time for the final laps of qualifying...
16:04 So Vettel the man to beat then ahead of the final hot laps. His last pole was in Canada four races ago.
16:03 Verstappen makes a mistake and is seventh tenths off pole, down in P4. Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Leclerc, Sainz and Perez complete the top 10.
16:02 Vettel on provisional pole with a 1:11.539. Bottas loses time in the middle sector and is a tenth behind in P2. Raikkonen three tenths down in P3.
16:01 Verstappen matches the trio through the first sector as well...
16:00 Raikkonen, Vettel and Bottas all post a 15.4 in the first sector...
15:59 Verstappen letting a gap build behind Bottas. Mercedes reporting the track will stay dry for the duration of Q3.
15:58 Vettel follows, then Bottas.
15:57 Kimi Raikkonen is the first to show. His last pole was Monaco 2017...
15:55 Here we go then. Q3 is underway and there is rain on the radar...
15:51 Out in Q2: Alonso, Sirotkin, Ericsson, Hamilton (No time), Ricciardo (No time).
15:50 Hulkenberg locks up, but is safely through to Q3 as well.
15:50 Leclerc into Q3 again!
15:50 Alonso improves, but only to P11, he is out.
15:49 Sainz up to P8 from P13...
15:48 Verstappen climbs to P2, just 0.036 seconds behind pace-setter Bottas.
15:47 The current top six are staying put in the garage.
15:46 Ericsson improves, but only to P10. He is on the cusp of elimination with two minutes to go.
15:42 And we have the green light again. Ericsson, the culprit of the red flag and yet to set a time, is the first to head out.
15:40 Session will restart at 15:42 local time.
15:35 In the Q2 elimination zone: Sainz, Ericsson, Hamilton (not taking part due to hydraulic issue), Ricciardo (engine penalties incoming) and Sirotkin. 6:57 left on the clock when we get going again.
15:33 And we have a red flag now for the clean-up operation to begin.
15:32 Ericsson's off has put quite a bit of gravel on the track at the stadium section. The drivers will love that...
15:30 Ericsson has gone off! He just about keeps it away from the barrier and is able to keep his Sauber engine going.
15:28 Bottas the first big hitter to put a time up. It's a 1:12.152 from the Finn.
15:26 Green light for Q2. Grosjean amongst the first to get back out there...
15:24 Well that was dramatic. Hamilton out of qualifying after a hydraulic issue. 14 cars then to take part in Q2...
15:22 Out in Q1: Ocon, Gasly, Hartley, Stroll, Vandoorne. The best starting spot for Hamilton on Sunday's grid is going to be P14. It's been a rough old time for him and Mercedes of late.
15:20 Yellow flags in sector two and three caused by Hamilton ruin a whole bunch of laps. It's a hydraulic issue and that is the end of Hamilton's qualifying. He is sat next to his car in utter disbelief.
15:19 Hamilton is out of the car and pushing it back to the pits! Not sure he is allowed to be doing that...
15:18 Uh oh. Hamilton reporting he is stuck in fourth gear. He is rolling his way back to the pits.
15:17 Hamilton has run off twice in quick succession as he explores where the limits are. He's dropped to P5 for now with Grosjean up to P4. Impressive.
15:16 Vandoorne improves, but only to P18. He is still in the elimination zone with two minutes to go.
15:14 Raikkonen back on top, pipping Vettel by 0.033 seconds.
15:13 McLaren reporting Vandoorne's gear shift problem has been fixed...
15:12 In the Q1 danger zone: Sainz, Hartley, Stroll, Sirotkin, Vandoorne.
15:11 Vettel improves to a 1:12.538. Verstappen up to P5, six tenths off the pace.
15:10 Mercedes slot into P3 and P4 respectively. Hamilton two tenths down, Bottas half a second.
15:09 And into the 1:12s now. Raikkonen and Vettel now into that benchmark.
15:08 Now Grosjean is back in P1, but not for long. Here comes Kimi...
15:07 Leclerc retakes top spot with a 1:13.562. Track drying out all the time.
15:05 Grosjean first to drop into the 1:13 benchmark.
15:04 Oh dear, issues for Stoffel Vandoorne's McLaren. "Problem with the shifts," he reports on team radio. He is limping back to the pits.
15:02 Looks like Leclerc will be one of the first to put a timed lap on the board...and it's a 1:15.203. Half a second quicker than Sirotkin.
15:00 Let's go! Dry enough out there for slick tyres with Sirotkin first to bolt out from the garage.
14:55 We are almost set. Five minutes to go until Q1 gets underway...
14:50 Drivers starting to head to the garage for their final preparations. Sebastian Vettel, bidding for a fifth pole of the season, has just made his way over from the paddock.
14:45 Ahead of FP3, there were some rumours Lewis Hamilton was unwell and would miss the final practice session. Mercedes then denied that was the case and the Brit made a brief appearance with an install lap. He is set to take part in qualifying.
14:40 There is a 60 per cent chance of rain in the qualifying session with thunderstorms possible. That would certainly mix the grid up. For now, though, there is nothing more a few spots around.
14:35 Heavy rain ruined much of FP3, where Charles Leclerc was quickest but only nine timed laps were put on the board. It has brightened up now but the threat of rain still lingers...
14:30 Hello and welcome back to the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix weekend. The first qualifying session begins in 30 minutes. All times are local.
13:01 Chequered flag! A frustrating session with the rain keeping the cars in the garage for a large period. Will we have a wet qualifying? Let's see... join us back here at 14:30 local time to find out.
13:00 And Leclerc's final lap sees a big jump in improvement. He will top the session with a 1:34.577.
12:59 Sirotkin dislodges Vettel from top spot. He sets a 1:35.334. Ericsson pops up into P2, a tenth behind.
12:59 And out goes Hamilton now for his install lap.
12:59 Bottas also heads out, but only for an install lap just to check everything is working fine. Vettel then spins off, but has plenty of run-off area to work with.
12:58 Now Vettel is on top, shaving 0.043 seconds off Leclerc's best with his first timed lap. Elsewhere, Gasly goes for a spin at Turn 10 but no damage done.
12:57 Leclerc finds an extra four tenths to replace Hulkenberg at the top of the timesheet. Hamilton has now popped into his car with three minutes left of the session.
12:55 Vettel is going out for his first run, just as Ericsson and Leclerc slot into P3 and P4 on the timesheet.
12:53 A second timed lap on the board: Sirotkin with a 1:37.644.
12:51 Ericsson is also back out there and runs wide, narrowly avoiding the gravel trap. A lot of water to clear from the track.
12:49 Hamilton has crept back into the garage for a quick chat with a few members of his team. Sirotkin, meanwhile, has gone back out onto the track. Rejoice!
12:48 One team not heading out again is Renault. They have gone for an early lunch.
12:46 Oooh, helmets going on, drivers back in cars, the rain is easing. 13 minutes left on the clock...
12:43 Sergey Sirotkin is sat in his car. Getting ready to head out? Maybe, maybe.
13:37 Update: it's still raining.
12:27 Amongst all the fun and excitement, Nico Hulkenberg actually put a timed lap on the board: a 1:36.873. No sign of any cars returning to the track with just over 30 minutes remaining.
12:19 The rain is getting heavier and everyone is staying in the dry and comfort of their garages.
12:16 Hmm, another update from Mercedes on Hamilton: "He is not ill," said a team spokesman. "He will be driving in FP3 if we go out in these conditions."
12:13 Carlos Sainz goes for a spin, showing just how risky it is to be going out on track in these conditions with qualifying coming up this afternoon.
12:08 Confirmation from Mercedes that Hamilton is unwell and will miss FP3. Remains to be seen whether he will be ok enough to take part in qualifying.
12:05 Verstappen the latest to venture out for an exploratory lap. He got a bit tangled up at the pit lane exit with Alonso, who decided he wanted to do a practice start before heading out.
12:01 Well at least we have a few cars on track for their install laps. Ericsson and Leclerc both on track, as is K-Mag.
11:59 Even though it's raining, and it is set to stick around, the FIA have decided not to grant drivers an additional set of intermediate tyres. Erm, why not?
11:55 News coming through that Hamilton is unwell and is set to miss FP3. Will he miss qualifying too?
11:53 Not too much drama down the rest of the grid. Renault and Williams have brought fancy new front wings to Germany and were introduced yesterday. More doom and gloom at McLaren, though, with Stoffel Vandoorne labelling Friday as the worst sessions of his career. Ouch.
11:45 It was glorious sunshine for FP1 and FP2 on Friday, not so today. It's currently raining at the moment so an opportunity for things to be a bit mixed up, just the way we like it.
11:40 Only three tenths separated Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari in FP2 on Friday afternoon, but the Silver Arrows and the Scuderia have plenty of time still left in the locker after various run-offs and traffic issues yesterday.
11:36 Max Verstappen, quickest in FP2, missed a big chunk of the afternoon after an oil leak was discovered on his car. The Dutchman has been assured that everything is fine again now. We shall see...
11:33 Red Bull topped both practice sessions on Friday, but it is not a completely rosy picture for them. FP1 leader Daniel Ricciardo is due to start from the back of Sunday's grid after racking up engine penalties.
11:30 Hello and welcome to qualifying day ahead of the German Grand Prix. First up at the Hockenheimring, the final practice session which gets underway in 30 minutes. All times are local.
16:35 Join us tomorrow morning for the third and final practice session ahead of the German Grand Prix. FP3 at the Hockenheimring starts at 11am local time, so join us from around 10:30am local. Bye for now, cheers.
16:32 VER HAM BOT VET RAI GRO MAG LEC HUL OCO PER SAI RIC ERI GAS HAR ALO STR SIR VAN is the order of the drivers in the second practice session. Everyone set their fastest time on the US, bar Ricciardo, who set his fastest time on the S.
16:31 CHEQUERED FLAG: Max Verstappen tops the timesheet in FP2, making it a Red Bull double on Friday in Germany.
16:29 "It feels like we are wasting the engine", says Lewis Hamilton. However, Bono the race engineer says that the team is definitely learning from the Brit's current stint.
16:27 Max Verstappen will have to thank his mechanics, as he gets out for the final few minutes of the session.
16:19 Nico Hulkenberg is told that there is ten more laps on this stint on the US tyre. The German responded with "there is no way that these tyres will do that"...
16:10 Sirotkin is into the gravel after locking the inside front as he headed into the stadium section. He has avoided the wall and is back out on track now with some soft tyres on. He is currently down in P19.
16:06 Whilst it was almost session over for Ricciardo, it definitely is for Verstappen. He may be top of the leaderboard but an engine problem has been discovered and he is out of the car with 25 minutes left on the clock.
16:00 Nothing much to write home about for McLaren in this session so far. Alonso down in P17 and Vandoorne propping up the rest in P20.
15:58 Not heard of anything amiss with Ricciardo's car, but the Aussie hasn't bothered with any one-lap sims so far, hence why he is down in P13. He has almost just had a coming together with Sergey Sirotkin but disaster has been avoided.
15:53 Curse you, inaccurate FOM graphics. Verstappen's best time was actually set on ultras just like everyone else. Sigh.
15:49 Nico Hulkenberg complaining about vibrations in his Renault car on his way back to the pits. He is currently inside the top 10 with Sainz just outside in P11.
15:44 Hello, Max. What's this? A new fastest lap of the session with a 1:13.085 on the slower soft tyres? Woof.
15:39 Here come the Mercedes boys to up the ante. On their first ultrasoft runs, Bottas and Hamilton quickly exchange P1, the latter lowering the benchmark to a 1:13:111.
15:36 Raikkonen is also now on the ultras. It's a scruffy first qualifying sim lap with a lock-up and the rear stepping out on him, but he still finds enough improvement to rise to P3 and get to within a tenth of his team-mate Vettel.
15:32 A minor scare for Ricciardo, currently operating in P6 as his RB14 spins off. He is soon back facing the right direction, though.
15:30 Vettel has popped out from the garage again...and he is on the ultrasoft tyres. He quickly dislodges Verstappen from top spot - but only by 0.046 seconds.
15:28 Sergio Perez takes a little trip over the grass.. He currently sits in P8.
15:24 Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton have all gone faster than the two Ferraris.
15:14 The two Ferraris now move into the 1:13s with both Vettel and Raikkonen within a tenth of each other.
15:10 Vettel then goes fastest on his second run, with a 1:14.7.
15:08 Kevin Magnussen moves into the 1:14s, while Sebastian Vettel runs wide at the hairpin on his first run.
15:06 Marcus Ericsson (S) goes quickest by a tenth of a second from Sainz.
15:04 The Spaniard puts in a 1:16.835 (M) to get us off and running in FP2.
15:02 Carlos Sainz is the first man out on the Hockenheimring track this afternoon.
15:00 GREEN LIGHT: FP2 is underway!
14:59 Track temperatures are high this afternoon, but thunderstorms are expected for tomorrow..
14:57 The three tyres available are the medium (M), soft (S) and ultra soft (US), with the super soft tyres missing out this weekend.
14:53 Max Verstappen made it two Red Bulls in the top three in FP1, with the two Ferraris and Valtteri Bottas rounding out the top six.
14:45 The Red Bull team have changed several components to his engine, meaning Ricciardo has been given a 20-place grid drop.
14:37 Daniel Ricciardo posted the fastest time in FP1, by just 0.004s from Lewis Hamilton. However, the Australian will be starting the race from the back of the grid.
14:30 Hello and welcome to our text coverage of the second practice session at the Hockenheimring. FP2 of the German Grand Prix gets underway in half an hour.
12:32 Join us again in two hours for FP2. Cheers.
12:31 The session ends with a P1 for Ricciardo who beats Hamilton by 0.004s. Verstpapen is third ahead of Vettel, Bottas, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Magnussen, Leclerc and Hulkenberg.
12:30 The chequered flag is out on FP1...
12:26 Alonso is not happy with Hulkenberg and calls him an "amateur" after what we can only assuming is feeling he was held up through a corner.
12:24 Williams have not just sprayed Stroll's car with flo-vis paint, they have drenched it.
12:21 Grosjean is still holding down 'best of the rest' in seventh place while Vandoorne remains stuck to the very bottom of the timesheet.
12:15 For some reason Ricciardo is running very slowly around the track before putting the power down. That was strange as he did a full lap in slow-mo.
12:11 Finally have a lap time from Vandoorne but it still three seconds off the pace.
12:07 Hulkenberg eats dirt as he gets it wrong at Turn 12, flies through the gravel and over the grass. He keeps the RS18 out of the wall at least.
12:05 Still no lap time from Vandoorne as work continues on his MCL33. McLaren have yet to reveal what is wrong with the car.
12:04 Verstappen failed to improve his overall time.
12:00 30 minutes remaining and Hamilton is back on top. A 1:13.529 for the Mercedes driver puts him 0.185s up on Verstappen - the Dutchman, though, is flying.
11:58 Now it is Verstappen who goes quickest as he goes purple in the first and third sectors on his way to a 1:13.7.
11:56 Great lap from Romain Grosjean puts the Haas driver up to fifth. Both he and his team-mate Kevin Magnussen have been warned to keep it clean this weekend after lap 1 contact at Silverstone left Magnussen with a damaged car.
11:55 Raikkonen improves to third to run behind the two Mercedes drivers.
11:53 Raikkonen is out on the soft tyres and does a personal best into a 1:14 while Bottas is out there lapping on new ultrasof t tyres. He goes quickest with a 1:13.9.
11:50 Hulkenberg breaks the silence as he heads out of the pits in his RS18 with the new spec front wing.
11:47 Top of the timesheet is Hamilton with a 1:14.181, bottom is Latifi by three seconds.
11:46 Nothing happening on the track at the moment and we still have no times for Giovinazzi and Stoffel Vandoorne.
11:41 Renault are swapping front wings putting the new one on Hulkenberg's car and old one on Sainz's.
11:40 40 minute mark and all the drivers are back in the pits with Hamilton the last man in.
11:35 All change again as Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:14.181.
11:34 New P1 as Ricciardo does a 1:14.467 while Vettel goes third some three-tenths down.
11:30 Problem for Giovinazzi as he left the pits with a loose engine cover and lost it. He's back in the pits in a rather exposed Sauber.
11:28 Hamilton has joined the mix and slots into fifth place on his first flying lap.
11:27 Nicholas Latifi does his first timed lap in the Force India but is well off the pace, down by 16s.
11:23 Verstappen has company on the timesheet as Raikkonen goes second ahead of Carlos Sainz, Bottas, Kevin Magnussen and Gasly.
11:21 A big moment for Pierre Gasly and he reports that the "steering is bent". You can see that it is pulling to the right. He's told to stay out and work on the brakes.
11:16 Down to a 1:15.0 and Verstappen heads back to the pits.
11:13 Ricciardo starts a hot lap as we have confirmation of his engine penalty.. a new MGU-K, energy store and control electronics. All are beyond the penalty-free limit. Nope, he pits.
11:11 Verstappen lowers the benchmark to a 1:15.3 as Lance Stroll begins his first flying lap of the day.
11:08 First time on the board as Max Verstappen does a 1:16.5. We're still waiting for the Mercedes and McLaren drivers to even put in an installation lap.
11:04 Vettel's Ferrari is sporting a new engine cover and new rear wing with the former forcing Ferrari to redesign the exhaust exits. Kimi Raikkonen is running the old layout and wing.
11:03 Early problem for Sergey Sirotkin as he has a "lot of air going through it." Something has been sealed.
11:02 Vettel heads out of the pits and gives the fans in the grandstands a wave.
11:01 Ricciardo is the first man out having waited at the end of the pit lane for at least a minute.
11:00 Green light and off we go...
10:55 We have a new DRS zone here this weekend with some driver predicting it could cause chaos if the drivers don't remember to shut their flap before entering Turn 1.
10:49 Another driver wanting the win but facing an uphill battle will be Daniel Ricciardo. He is expected to take a fresh power unit this weekend and with that comes engine penalties.
10:45 The only other current driver to have won the German GP is McLaren's Fernando Alonso. That, though, may be a step or five too far for the Spaniard and his MCL33 this weekend.
10:41 The last time Formula 1 raced at the Hockenheimring it was Hamilton who won while Nico Rosberg triumphed for Mercedes in 2014. As such Mercedes are going for three in a row but given this year's form book will face stiff competition from Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel while Red Bull should also be in the mix.
10:36 Big news this morning is that Valtteri Bottas has signed a multi-year deal with Mercedes, well sort of. He has signed for 2019 with an option for 2020. This follows on from Lewis Hamilton's new two-year contract which was announced on Thursday.
10:30 Good morning, afternoon, or evening wherever you are in the world and welcome to the Hockenheimring as Formula 1 returns to Germany after a year away. All times are local.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.808 1:32:29.845 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.318 4.535 2
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.226 6.732 2
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:15.879 7.654 3
5 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:18.698 26.609 3
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:17.104 28.871 3
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:19.445 30.556 1
8 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:18.380 31.750 1
9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:18.337 32.362 1
10 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:18.268 34.197 2
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:18.002 34.919 3
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:18.557 43.069 3
13 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:17.537 46.617 2
14 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:17.762 1 LAP 2
15 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:18.043 1 LAP 3
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:22.613 2 LAPS 4
R Sebastian Vettel Ferrari RETIRED 16 LAPS 1
R Sergey Sirotkin Williams RETIRED 16 LAPS 2
R Lance Stroll Williams RETIRED 14 LAPS 3
R Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull RETIRED 40 LAPS 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:11.212 - 3
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:11.416 0.204 3
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:11.547 0.335 3
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:11.822 0.610 4
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:12.200 0.988 5
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:12.544 1.332 5
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:12.560 1.348 4
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:12.692 1.480 5
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:12.717 1.505 5
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:12.774 1.562 4
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.152 - 2
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:12.188 0.036 2
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.336 0.184 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.505 0.353 2
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:12.523 0.371 3
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:12.722 0.570 3
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:12.946 0.794 2
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:12.995 0.843 3
9 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:13.032 0.880 3
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.072 0.920 3
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:13.657 1.505 4
12 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:13.702 1.550 3
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:13.736 1.584 4
14 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:12.505 - 1
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:12.538 0.033 1
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:12.962 0.457 1
4 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:12.986 0.481 2
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.012 0.507 0
6 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:13.077 0.572 2
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:13.105 0.600 2
8 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.127 0.622 1
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.318 0.813 1
10 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:13.324 0.819 2
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:13.427 0.922 2
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:13.479 0.974 1
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:13.562 1.057 2
14 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:13.614 1.109 2
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:13.708 1.203 2
16 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:13.720 1.215 2
17 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:13.749 1.244 2
18 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:14.045 1.540 2
19 Lance Stroll Williams 1:14.206 1.701 2
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:14.401 1.896 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:34.577 - 2
2 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:35.000 0.423 2
3 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:35.334 0.757 2
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:35.573 0.996 1
5 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:35.659 1.082 2
6 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:36.151 1.574 2
7 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:36.873 2.296 2
8 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.755 3.178 1
9 Lance Stroll Williams 1:38.393 3.816 2
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1
11 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1
15 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1
16 Carlos Sainz Renault 1
17 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1
18 Esteban Ocon Force India 1
19 Sergio Perez Force India 1
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.085 - 4
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.111 0.026 5
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.190 0.105 5
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.310 0.225 7
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:13.427 0.342 6
6 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:13.973 0.888 4
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14.189 1.104 4
8 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:14.374 1.289 4
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:14.496 1.411 4
10 Esteban Ocon Force India 1:14.508 1.423 5
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:14.552 1.467 5
12 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:14.592 1.507 6
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:14.682 1.597 4
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:14.783 1.698 4
15 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:14.793 1.708 5
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:14.830 1.745 5
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:14.836 1.751 6
18 Lance Stroll Williams 1:15.269 2.184 4
19 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:15.408 2.323 4
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:15.454 2.369 5
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:13.525 - 5
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.529 0.004 3
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.714 0.189 4
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.796 0.271 6
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.903 0.378 4
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:14.267 0.742 5
7 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:14.691 1.166 4
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:14.853 1.328 4
9 Charles Leclerc Sauber 1:15.097 1.572 5
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:15.282 1.757 6
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:15.415 1.89 4
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:15.544 2.019 3
13 Lance Stroll Williams 1:15.629 2.104 8
14 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:15.769 2.244 2
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 1:15.864 2.339 6
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 1:15.876 2.351 6
17 Nicholas Latifi Force India 1:16.023 2.498 6
18 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1:16.071 2.546 5
19 Antonio Giovinazzi Haas 1:16.136 2.611 5
20 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1:16.149 2.624 4
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