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  1. Rosberg fastest, as Hamilton struggles
  2. Button goes to medical centre during session
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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Fingers crossed all is OK with Jenson Button.

That's all from us but keep an eye on Andrew Benson's report for any further update on the Briton.

We'll be back for coverage of final practice at 09:30 BST tomorrow as Mercedes look to press home their dominance.


Update on Button

Jenson complained of an eye irritation during FP2, and has gone to Mannheim hospital to have a precautionary check-up.

A bit more encouraging for Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel finished third quickest, two tenths of a second down on Lewis Hamilton. However, if we are to assume Hamilton can and will find a bit more, then that gap could be bigger come tomorrow.

Sebastian Vettel
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We didn't see much of Jenson Button towards the end of that session. The reason? He had gone to the medical centre with "an irritation". Intriguing.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Hockenheim

Mercedes are going to walk it. About a country mile behind them are the Red Bulls and the Ferraris and the Force Indias and McLarens.

FP2 result

1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Verstappen 5) Ricciardo 6) Raikkonen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Button 9) Perez 10) Alonso 11) Sainz

12) Kvyat 13) Bottas 14) Grosjean 15) Massa 16) Gutierrez 17) Magnussen 18) Ericsson 19) Wehrlein 20) Palmer 21) Haryanto 22) Nasr

Chequered flag

Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in second practice for the German Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg
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The excitement of long runs has become too much for one young fan in the stands. He's fallen asleep on his mum's lap.

Don't worry, kid, there's just one minute left.

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Rosberg was two tenths quicker on the super-softs and guess what? Rosberg is about two tenths quicker on the softs. It does look like Hamilton could be having a bit of a difficult day.

Lewis Hamilton ain't happy. Just as he was leaving the pits the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo flashed by as the Australian passed one of the Manors.

"That was really dangerous," says Hamilton.

Williams doing their Friday thing. They've not flexed their muscles with Valtteri Bottas 13th and Felipe Massa 15th.

10 MINS TO GO ⏰ MOST LAPS ⬆️ 38: HAR 38: PAL 📸 37: RAI FEWEST LAPS ⬇️ 13: GRO 16: BUT 18: ALO #GermanGP #FP2 🇩🇪

10 MINS TO GO ⏰ MOST LAPS ⬆️ 38: HAR 38: PAL 📸 37: RAI FEWEST LAPS ⬇️ 13: GRO 16: BUT 18: ALO #GermanGP #FP2 🇩🇪

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Josh Sandrone: Lewis will find at least 2 tenths as he is a born racing driver   

Nico Rosberg is going to finish the day fastest. His time - a 1:15.614 - nearly four tenths of a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton. 

There's little doubting Hamilton will find a bit more tomorrow to close the gap, but will he find enough? Rosberg has certainly looked more 'on it' so far today.

A very wobbly moment for Sebastian Vettel. His steering wheels snaps left and right as he tries to keep control, which he just about does to avoid going off circuit. He's done 22 laps on the softs he's currently got bolted on to his Ferrari. 

He's been lapping about eight tenths of a second slower than Kimi Raikkonen.

Jennie Gow

BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

Whatever Hamilton is doing they will have a plan and they will stick to the plan. Yes he will have to take this penalty at some point, most likely at Spa because you overtake there but he is using the penalty as a tool because he likes to appear as the underdog.

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Phil Slocombe: Lewis doing enough to get the job done whilst preserving his engine. Letting Nico thrash his engine.

A piece of cake

So how about a slice of cake, Fernando? 🎂 🤔 😂

So how about a slice of cake, Fernando? 🎂 🤔 😂

Felipe is back in the garage. Now getting ready for another high-fuel run on supersoft tyres #FP2 #F1 #GermanGP

Felipe is back in the garage. Now getting ready for another high-fuel run on supersoft tyres #FP2 #F1 #GermanGP

Another day, another sweary Sebastian Vettel: "OK this is a BEEP spot. I am wasting my time. What do you want me to drop into?"

"You can do a flap adjust if you need and have a better slot behind?"

Nico Rosberg pits, bins the super-softs and returns to the track with softs on his Mercedes. He did 20 laps on those super-softs.

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Elton Lam: Naughty Max. Taking track limits to the edge with 14 offs... Kerb it Verstappen!  

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer at Hockenheim

I have not got all the laps, but from the laps that I have got, Nico Rosberg appears to still have an advantage over Lewis Hamilton over race pace. He is about two to three tenths quicker on average. What is also interesting is that the Red Bulls have been considerably faster than the Ferraris so far. 

Max Verstappen was apparently the driver who ran wide at Turn One on 14 occasions during first practice. Talk about exploring the limits. 

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Different strategy for Ferrari?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Sebastian Vettel is slightly out of sync with the other cars. He went out late in the session because of a technical issue. Everyone has been out on the super-soft tyre, you then come back in, put a load of fuel in the car and simulate the start of a race. Vettel did his super-soft run, came in and then went out on the soft tyre. It is not totally unusual for Ferrari to do different strategies on a Friday afternoon but I am seeing Vettel do practice starts now, so simulating the start of a race on that tyre, which would suggest a completely different strategy. I wonder if they are investigating the possibility of doing something very different to the rest of the field.

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Tom Nolde: How come drivers are getting track limit warnings in practice? Surely they should be allowed to... practice.

Apparently one driver ran wide 14 times alone at Turn One, much to Charlie Whiting's frustration, so I'd imagine he is keen to get the drivers to learn to stay on the track now, as opposed to when we get to the business end of the weekend.

There's a few more drivers edging closer to three strikes territory for exceeding the track limits at Turn One.

Kimi Raikkonen is the latest to go wide there and is warned: "Kimi we only have two more opportunities at Turn One before we will be reported. Be careful."

Kimi is not happy with that minor slap of the wrists. He responds: "My right-hand wheels are on the circuit, why do we get complaints all the time?"

Running wide at Turn One three times will apparently result in a trip to the stewards and Nico Hulkenberg is warned he has no more wiggle room as he goes off there. 

"No more running wide at Turn One," he is told.

.@earlbamber keeps his eye on fellow Le Mans winner @HulkHulkenberg from the @ForceIndiaF1 garage #GermanGP 👍 #FP2

.@earlbamber keeps his eye on fellow Le Mans winner @HulkHulkenberg from the @ForceIndiaF1 garage #GermanGP 👍 #FP2

Party pooper

SPEED TRAP Rio Haryanto is breaking up the German party at the top 🇮🇩 #GermanGP #F1istZurueck 🇩🇪 #FP2

SPEED TRAP Rio Haryanto is breaking up the German party at the top 🇮🇩 #GermanGP #F1istZurueck 🇩🇪 #FP2

Fernando Alonso fancies a bit of birthday drama as he power slides through Turn 4. He keeps it together and prevents it from being more dramatic as it could have been. 

It costs him the chance of a decent time, though, and he is currently P10, two places and two tenths of a second down on Jenson Button's time.

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Amit Mandalia: I’m looking forward to Toro Rosso in 2017, Sainz in another tidy James Key car powered by a 2017 spec Renault. Podiums beckon.  

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We're shifting over from the qualifying runs to the long runs as Nico Rosberg returns to the track with a used set of super softs on his Mercedes.

It's a good lap from Sebastian Vettel - enough to move ahead of the Red Bulls but not enough to beat the Mercedes as a 1:16.208 puts him third. Better for Ferrari, but he is two tenths of a second down on Lewis Hamilton and half a second off Nico Rosberg's time.

Sebastian Vettel is out now with super softs on and he's got a pretty clear track as most of his fellow drivers pit.

Let's see what he's got in the bag.


There's possibly a problem for Sebastian Vettel. He is yet to appear with super-softs on his Ferrari.

As it stands, Nico Rosberg leads Lewis Hamilton, with Max Verstappen third quickest, Daniel Ricciardo fourth and Kimi Raikkonen fifth.

Now here comes Lewis Hamilton on the super softs, but it is a very scrappy lap. He locks up at the hairpin and it is no surprise to see that he can't beat Nico Rosberg's time. He ends up four tenths down on his team-mate.

Lewis Hamilton