ended Practice One at Hockenheim on Friday morning in an encouraging first and second places, on a track that was at its best early on before rain affected most of the session.
lapped his upgraded MP4-27 in 1m 16.595s, and nobody got near that even when the weather got slightly better in the final 15 minutes. Button said he was pleased with the initial feel of the car with its heavily revised rear bodywork, sidepods and exhaust exits.
It was also good news for the team that Lewis Hamilton
was the fastest of the runners who all ran when conditions were similar, lapping in 1m 17.093s to beat Ferrari
s Fernando Alonso
on 1m 17.370s and 1m 17.382s respectively. Both the Spaniard and the German had been talking up their chances prior to the weekend.
was a strong fifth for Sauber
on 1m 17.413s ahead of Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 17.599s for Force India
, Nico Rosberg
on 1m 17.915s for Mercedes, and Felipe Massa
on 1m 17.995s in the second Ferrari.
was ninth for Williams
on 1m 18.020s in the first Friday session of the season in which he hasnt been upstaged by reserve Valtteri Bottas
, who was in action in Bruno Senna
s FW34. The young Finn was 13th on 1m 18.422s, after making his sole mistake of the year and spinning backwards into a tyre wall near the end. Maldonado had also been off the road, but without damage.
s leading runner in 1m 18.130s as team mate Kimi Raikkonen focused on doing installation laps trying out the teams new DRS. The Finn was 15th on 1m 18.831s, having only posted proper lap times after the first hour.
was 11th in the second Sauber on 1m 18.226s ahead of Sebastian Vettel
s Red Bull on 1m 18.339s, Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo
on 1m 18.709s for Toro Rosso, Raikkonen, tester Jules Bianchi
on 1m 18.972s after taking over the second Force India of Paul di Resta
for the session, and Jean-Eric Vergne
on 1m 19.039s in the other Toro Rosso.
The Caterhams were in their usual place despite aero testing their new-for-Silverstone package at Lurcy-Levis on Tuesday, with Vitaly Petrov
on 1m 19.674s and Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 19.963s.
was 20th on 1m 20.122s in the second Red Bull, ahead of Charles Pic
who outshone Timo Glock
, 1m 20.169s to 1m 20.539s.
At the back, reserve Dani Clos
impressed in Narain Karthikeyan
to lead Pedro de la Rosa
for most of the session with 1m 21.740s, before the older Spaniard trimmed down to 1m 21.138s right at the end. (Formula1.com)