The 22 Formula One drivers completed another 801 laps of the Nurburgring circuit on Friday afternoon without any problems with Pirelli's revised tyres, as Sebastian Vettel
and Red Bull jumped to the top of the timesheets ahead of Nico Rosberg
Vettel recorded the best time of 1m 30.416s, but Rosberg was only 0.235s behind on 1m 30.651s. Red Bulls Mark Webber
was next on 1m 30.683s, ahead of the very close-matched Lotus
es of Romain Grosjean
and Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 30.843s and 1m 30.848s respectively.
Everybody used the soft tyres during the 90-minute afternoon session, as well as doing distance runs on the mediums, and the 801 laps compared with only 458 this morning on the mediums as teams mainly looked just for one-lap pace.
recovered from his morning technical problems to run sixth on 1m 31.056s, with Ferrari
team mate Felipe Massa
right on his tail with 1m 31.059s. Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton
should have done better than 1m 31.304s, but after setting a very quick first sector time he got sector two wrong on his one fast run on the softs and thereafter focused instead on race running.
on 1m 31.568s for McLaren
and Paul di Resta
on 1m 31.797s for Force India
completed the top 10, with Di Resta's team mate Adrian Sutil
right behind him on 1m 31.824s and Daniel Ricciardo
in the hunt for Toro Rosso with 1m 31.855s.
was 13th in the second Toro Rosso on 1m 32.055s, from Sergio Perez
on 1m 32.086s in the second McLaren. Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez
were close in their Sauber
s in 15th and 16th, on 1m 32.495s and 1m 32.762s, while Valtteri Bottas
fractionally shaded Williams
partner Pastor Maldonado
, 1m 32.879s to 1m 32.880s.
and Giedo van der Garde
were ahead of the Marussia
s in their Caterhams, with laps of 1m 33.695s and 1m 33.804s, compared to 1m 34.017s and 1m 34.667s for Jules Bianchi
and Max Chilton
. A poorly Bianchi only covered 10 laps before his team decided to rest him for the rest of the session. (Formula1.com)