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    Lewis Hamilton

    I'll be back tomorrow at 09:30 BST to bring you live coverage of third and final practice and then qualifying for the German Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton had the edge over team-mate Nico Rosberg in terms of one-lap pace, but Rosberg was quicker on race pace. It's perfectly poised. Until tomorrow, it's good afternoon from me.

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    Here's Andrew Benson's second practice report, which features analysis from Allan McNish. And don't forget Lewis Hamilton's latest column - on the pain on losing pole position for the British Grand Prix - is available on the F1 pages.

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    Lewis graphic

    After topping the times in FP2 in seven of the last eight races, Lewis Hamilton has gone on to win five races.

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    Lewis Hamilton was the quickest of the two Mercedes drivers in terms of one-lap pace but when it comes to race-simulation runs on heavier fuel, Rosberg had an advantage of 0.1secs on average lap time over Hamilton, with the Red Bull drivers about 0.3secs further behind.

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    Kamui Kobayashi

    Here's another shot of Kamui Kobayashi in action. Presumably, he's practising how to use a fire extinguisher because the gravel certainly wasn't on fire...

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    Kamui Kobayashi

    Kamui Kobayashi dived into action when his Caterham caught fire in that session, the Japanese grabbing a fire extinguisher and assisting with the recovery operation. Those Caterham mechanics are going to have a busy evening.


    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Ricciardo 4) Raikkonen 5) Magnussen 6) Massa 7) Button 8) Vettel 9) Alonso 10) Button 11) Sutil

    12) Kvyat 13) Perez 14) Hulkenberg 15) Vergne 16) Maldonado 17) Grosjean 18) Gutierrez 19) Bianchi 20) Ericsson 21) Chilton 22) Kobayashi

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    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "The circuit has been very slippery and greasy with high track temperatures. It's nip and tuck between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. I'm interested to see who will be best of Red Bulls tomorrow in qualifying."


    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in second practice for the German Grand Prix.

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    It's dry and hot at Hockenheim today, but the forecast for Sunday is quite different with a good chance of rain. That means the way the tyres behave today is unlikely to be the same for the race.

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    As enter the final minutes of this session, the drivers continue to pound around focusing on their long runs.

    Andrew Benson has been crunching the numbers and it looks like Red Bull are around two tenths slower than the Mercedes. Ferrari, in contrast, are seven tenths off the pace.

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    Kamui Kobayashi's Caterham - with green covers shielding its burnt body - is wheeled into the pits. Lots of work to do to repair that car.

    But in better news for the team, Marcus Ericsson is back out after his problem in the opening minutes of the session when he stopped on track.

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    Nico Rosberg's brakes were smoking while he waited for Mercedes to fit the correct tyres on Lewis Hamilton's car. They had mistakenly put Rosberg's on.

    The German had initially been told to drive through the pits when they realised they had a problem with Hamilton, but the call came too late and Rosberg had already started to turn in towards the pit box.

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The Mercedes team put the wrong tyres on Lewis Hamilton's car in the pits, and in that time Rosberg's brakes got very hot."

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    Here's highlights of first practice for you to dissect Susie Wolff's performance. It will require just two minutes and 41 seconds of your time.

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    Patrick Dempsey

    When he's not on set, Greys Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey can probably be found at a race track - he's been racing sportscars for 10 years - or in attendance as a spectator at a Formula 1 race, as he is pictured here talking to Williams group CEO Mike O'Driscoll.

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    It's time for the long runs, with Lewis Hamilton heading out on track to start his. As a result, it looks like Hamilton will end this session fastest, ahead of Nico Rosberg.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg does a practice start at the end of the pit lane before heading back out on track.

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    With 40 minutes remaining, Lewis Hamilton leads from Nico Rosberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen.

    Jenson Button goes seventh, 0.880 seconds off the pace, with Max Chilton 20th, 2.1 seconds slower than his Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi.

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    Caterham: We're looking into the cause of the fire on @kamui_kobayashi's car and will update when we can.

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    Jenson Button

    McLaren: Out goes @JensonButton for his first run on the option. #FP2

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    That effort from Daniel Ricciardo was impressive. He's only a tenth of a second off the pace of the Mercedes. It looks like this track suits the Red Bull.

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    Nico Rosberg improves on his next lap to set a 1:18.365 to reclaim top spot, but that's not the case for long as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton sneaks ahead by just 0.024 seconds.

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    Nico Rosberg makes a mistake on his qualifying-simulation so backs off to save the tyres before going again. Meanwhile, Felipe Massa goes second, but he's 0.581 seconds off the pace with Adrian Sutil third in the Sauber.

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    Daniel Ricciardo bolts on the super-soft option tyres and goes quickest on his qualifying-simulation. The Australian clocks 1:18.443, 1.4 seconds quicker than he managed on the prime tyre.

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    Susie Wolff

    Following Susie Wolff's impressive performance in first practice, the obvious question is what happens now. "The next step is obviously to do more and that's the difficult part, to get more opportunities," she tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I was incredibly lucky to get the chance with this team this season and of course I have to try to get more opportunities, but as we know that's not easy. So I need to start fighting for that now."

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    Nico Hulkenberg is the first driver to try a qualifying-simulation and promptly improves to the second best time, one tenth of a second slower than Nico Rosberg. There are still 54 minutes remaining.

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The track temperature is 58 degrees - by far the hottest this season."


    Kamui Kobayashi leaps out of his Caterham as smoke pours from the rear of his car. The Japanese driver returns with several marshals, armed with fire extinguishers, and they do a thorough job of putting out the flames.

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    Daniel Ricciardo has popped into third, 0.382 seconds off the pace, with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel going fourth fastest. Fernando Alonso is fifth with former team-mate Felipe Massa sixth.

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    Susie Wolff

    Susie Wolff finished 15th fastest in first practice this morning, finishing just 0.2 seconds slower than her team-mate after a technical problem on her opening lap.

    "It was tough at the beginning," she told BBC Radio 5 live. "It was so nice to be out on track every lap, going quicker and getting more feel in the car. I'm just really happy to have completed a successful FP1 session."

    "I know this track well and knew what I had to do every lap. I knew when to push the car and when to hold back.

    "The team did a good job of preparing me - I knew what to do on every lap of the session. It feels so good to be driving a race weekend."

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    Nico Rosberg is the quickest man on track, the German clocking a 1:19.424 which is 0.333 seconds quicker than team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg then does another quick lap in an identical time. It's not very often that we see that...


    Nick Heidfeld 2005 Monaco GP

    Finn Valtteri Bottas is the first Williams driver to take podium finishes in consecutive races since German Nick Heidfeld at the 2005 Monaco and European Grands Prix.

    Talking of Heidfeld, the 37-year-old, whose last F1 race was the 2011 Hungarian GP, is contesting the inaugural Formula E series for the Venturi team.

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    No lap times from Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as yet, but they are out on track. The same can't be said for both Red Bulls who look content to sit this opening part of the session out.

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    Lots of drivers are out-braking themselves at Turn One and running wide onto the acres of run-off. Sauber's Adrian Sutil is just the latest to do so before rejoining unscathed.

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    Kimi Raikkonen goes fastest with a 1:20.263, four tenths quicker than Daniil Kvyat.


    Marcus Ericsson's race engineer: "Stop the car. Stop the car."

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    Caterham aren't having a great time of it at the moment. Tony Fernandes sold the team to a consortium and then they laid off several staff to cut costs.

    The team are well off the pace with the chance of points this season looking very unlikely.

    And to make things worse, Marcus Ericsson has stopped out on track just a few minutes into the session.

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    It's time to get down to business...

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    Lewis Hamilton 2008 German Grand Prix

    A baby-faced Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim - which incidentally was also held on 20 July - and is the only man to have won the German Grand Prix at both Hockenheim and the Nurburgring.

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    We'll have online-only audio commentary with James Allen and Allan McNish for the second session. They'll be in action in two minutes' time and available via the link at the top of the page.

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    It's a beautifully sunny day at Hockenheim with lush blue skies overhead. Felipe Massa is in the pit lane, shades on, leaning against trolley and gazing out at the fairly empty grandstands.


    Hotel near Hockenheim

    Antonio Caruccio: Wow! Big surprise to discover we're in the same hotel where @McLarenF1 @JensonButton @KevinMagnussen were.


    Ron Dennis and John Watson

    On this day in 1981, Britain's John Watson won the British Grand Prix in a McLaren. It was McLaren chief Ron Dennis' first ever GP win. Watson, now 68, won five Formula 1 races during a 154-race career. His best season came in 1982, when he finished third.

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    Nico Rosberg

    With Lewis Hamilton winning on home soil at the British Grand Prix last time out, Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg will hope to wrestle back the advantage by doing the same in his home race at Hockenheim this weekend. And he has started off in the best possible way, too, edging Hamilton by 0.065 seconds in FP1.

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    Susie Wolff

    Hello everybody, it's almost time for second practice for the German Grand Prix. First practice was dominated by Mercedes, at their home track, while Susie Wolff impressed on her second appearance in a Formula 1 practice session.

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    Ready for some more high-octane Formula 1 action? Good. You're in the right place.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Football-mad Nico Rosberg was at full stretch in his traditional pre-session kick-about, but there was no need to do the same when he was out on track as he and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton easily topped the times.

    Will there be more of the same in second practice? Or can Ferrari, Red Bull and co close the gap? Join me later to find out.

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    Second practice takes place at 13:00 BST, with online-only commentary available from 12:55. I'll be back at 12:30 to begin building up to the final session of the day.

    In the meantime, there's lots of good stuff on the F1 pages, including Lewis Hamilton's latest column - "Mental pain left me barely able to lift arms".

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    Susie Wolff

    As it stands, Susie Wolff isn't expected to take part in any more practice sessions this season, with Williams' test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr set to get a few opportunities.

    However, Wolff's performance sent out a very strong message and went a long way to showing she can do a good job when she gets the chance.



    Kastanada: So pleased to see @suzie_Wolff getting in laps after the disappointment at Silverstone.

    DavidTyrrellF1: Qual and the Race are going to be interesting. Lots of cars sliding and less stable in corners. Bring on Sunday

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    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "To be that close to Massa was a very, very strong performance."

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    Leader board after free practice one

    Mercedes: Final times and lap count in P1 today. That'll do nicely!

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    Lewis Hamilton

    It's very close between the Mercedes drivers, with championship leader Nico Rosberg edging out Lewis Hamilton by 0.065 seconds. However, Hamilton's session was very, very scrappy. If he can cut out the mistakes and hook up a clean lap, I suspect he might have the edge over his team-mate.

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    After an early blip, it was a good session for Susie Wolff, the Brit completing 20 laps with a quickest time of 1:20.769. That was just over two tenths slower than regular Williams race driver Felipe Massa.


    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Alonso 4) Ricciardo 5) Button 6) Vettel 7) Magnussen 8) Raikkonen 9) Kvyat 10) Sutil

    11) Massa 12) Vergne 13) Hulkenberg 14) Perez 15) Wolff 16) Van der Garde

    17) Grosjean 18) Maldonado 19) Kobayashi 20) Bianchi 21) Ericsson 22) Chilton


    Mercedes' driver Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in first practice for the German Grand Prix.

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    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "I don't think the regulation change, with the FIA taking off the Fric suspension, has shaken the order up. The Red Bull looks nice and neat, Mercedes still have the advantage. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso will be the one to lead charge and I'm surprised Williams haven't got much pace, but we'll have to wait for second practice for a clearer picture."

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    Just a few minutes left of this session, with Sebastian Vettel getting a bit of oversteer on the exit of the final corner before correcting it and continuing.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "McLaren surprised themselves by converting Jenson Button's third place on the grid at Silverstone - into a fourth-place finish in the dry. 'It's always nice when you over-achieve,' Button said. 'We should be happy with what we did but it's not where we want to be.' The team have some updates for the car here - 'aerodynamic parts and some ideas for set-up we haven't tried before,' Button said.

    "'We have a few things that should help it on this kind of circuit, which is slower, traction, braking zones, probably a bit more to the strengths of the car.' The 2009 world champion has a new race engineer this weekend. Dave Robson, who had engineered Button since he started at McLaren in 2010, has been moved to a more factory-based role and been replaced by Button's former data engineer, Tom Stallard, a silver medal winning Olympic rower."

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    Jenson Button's session is done and dusted, the Briton climbing out of his McLaren after setting the fifth fastest time, seven tenths of a second off the pace.



    @DavidSheltonGLS: Great drive from @Susie_Wolff, only 0.2 seconds from @MassaFelipe19, hopefully this will shut the critics up.

    @Rachel_Bridge: How have I never thought to listen to @bbcf1 practice coverage at work before?

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    Susie Wolff is 15th fastest, 1.6 seconds off the pace and a quarter of a second slower than Williams team-mate Felipe Massa.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Fernando Alonso was asked to reflect on his stunning overtaking manoeuvre on Sebastian Vettel around the outside of Copse during the British Grand Prix. Alonso tweeted after the race that he had been doing 293km/h (182mph) at the time. He has done some great overtakes in his career. Where did this one rank? 'I don't know,' he said. 'The pass on Sebastian on Turn Nine for sure it was quite risky and it was just a one-off. I hope in the next years, if we're fighting for the championship you will not repeat it because there is maybe too much risk in those types of manoeuvres that you can finish the race there.

    "You can have a front wing damage, a rear puncture, there are many implications to fighting hard like this. Obviously when you are not fighting for the world championship you can do these kind of things. When you are fighting for the world championship you need to step back a little bit and score points every weekend. So hopefully we will not see many of those because that will mean we are fighting for the world championship.'"

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    Nico Rosberg wing

    Here's a shot of one of Nico Rosberg's front wings, which features the German football team's logo to celebrate their World Cup victory.

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    The grandstands are pretty empty at Hockenheim, a far cry from Silverstone which was absolutely rammed.

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    Sebastian Vettel, who has never won at Hockenheim and only has one podium finish at the venue, is sixth quickest, nearly one second off the pace.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was in good spirits at his news conference on Thursday. He finds it uncomfortable to sit around a couple of tables of journalists holding a microphone - rather than just talking - so he made a joke of it. 'Alrighty,' he said. 'What song do yous want? A love song? Something a little bit harder?' Before breaking out into an electric guitar riff.

    "After five minutes of the usual constant smiling from the Australian, the session was brought to an end with a question about why he thought team-mate Sebastian Vettel's car was hitting more trouble than his. 'I give mine a kiss every night,' he said. Pause. 'With tongues.' Longer pause, laughter. 'I really don't.'"

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    With 20 minutes remaining, Nico Rosberg remains top of the timesheets with Lewis Hamilton second and Fernando Alonso third. The Mercedes drivers have completed 35 laps between them.

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    Both Williams are out on track now, with Felipe Massa joining the party. After their first laps, Massa beats Susie Wolff by one tenth of a second.

    The next time around, Wolff is one tenth ahead. On the third lap, Massa is 0.2 quicker. It's very close and a very good showing from Wolff.

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    Susie Wolff

    Williams: Susie also out & begins her run with a practice start at the end of the pit lane.

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    "You have purple sectors in one and two, we just have to put the lap together," says Lewis Hamilton's race engineer on team radio. The Briton is still second, but he's closed to 0.065 seconds off Nico Rosberg's pace.

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    Kimi Raikkonen goes eighth fastest as he bids to make up for lost time following a water pump issue. Daniel Ricciardo pops into third, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Britain's Max Chilton props up the timesheets, 4.1 seconds off the pace.

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    Nico Rosberg goes quickest with a 1:19.276, with his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton slotting into second, four tenths of a second off the pace.

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    Ferrari look to have sorted the water pump issue on Kimi Raikkonen's car as the Finn is back out on track.

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    Lewis Hamilton has yet to shine in this session, the Briton once again running off track to ruin a lap. The Briton is currently 19th fastest.

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    Jenson Button goes quickest with a 1:20.087. The McLaren driver was in good form at Silverstone, equalling his best result at his home track with fourth. It was an encouraging performance from the team as a whole, with Kevin Magnussen also scoring points, to suggest McLaren could be on the way back up again.

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    If you're interested in seeing how Susie Wolff has got on so far in her second chance to take part in a practice session, and don't want to re-read this live text commentary, here's Andrew Benson's developing news story.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "Fernando Alonso, frustrated at Ferrari's inability to provide him with a competitive car, is at the centre of 'silly-season' gossip. He is under contract to Ferrari until the end of 2016, but McLaren are keen to prise him away for the start of their relationship with engine supplier Honda next season. But why would he leave one struggling team for one in an even worse position?

    "So I asked him on Thursday whether any teams had approached him and whether he had given any thought at all to leaving Ferrari. He said: 'Same question every year in July since 2003 probably when I start. I didn't talk with any team and it is not at the moment my priority. We have to score some good points this weekend and some good results this year and the future we will see.'"

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live's German Grand Prix preview will go out tonight at 21:00 BST.

    It'll feature a lovely interview with Valtteri Bottas, who chats to James Allen, Jennie Gow and Allan McNish. It's well worth a listen.

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    Sebastian Vettel's helmet

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is no stranger to a new helmet design, the German seems to have a different one each weekend. Here's his effort for his home race.

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    Susie Wolff is out of the car and chatting to her engineer in the Williams garage with Valtteri Bottas, whose car she is borrowing again, watching on.

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    It's a German 1-2 at the moment with Sebastian Vettel leading Nico Rosberg.

    Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso complete the top five ahead of Jenson Button, Adrian Sutil, Jean-Eric Vergne, Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez.

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    Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari has a water pump issue, which explains why he has yet to set a lap time.

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    Susie Wolff is currently ninth fastest with a best time of 1:21.378 after nine laps.



    @BigPawedBear: The new cars really are a case of switch them off and on again, the f1 version of ctrl alt delete.

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    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel goes quickest with a 1:20.295, a few thousandths quicker than Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "In the week Caterham announced that they had let go a number of staff members - more than 40, we're told, which accounts for more than 10% of the workforce - it was inevitable that speculation would next turn to the team's driver line-up.

    "Caterham's 'adviser' - and de facto team boss - Colin Kolles has made it clear he intends to cut costs, or adjust the profit-loss balance, as he prefers to put it, and an obvious way to do that is to bring in a pay-driver to replace Kamui Kobayashi, who does not come with substantial financial backing. 'I don't need to worry,' Kobayashi said. 'I will just do my job. If I'm not good, they will fire.'"

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    Very scrappy from Lewis Hamilton, the Briton locking up at Turn Nine and then doing some off-roading at Turn Six. He's currently 16th fastest.

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    BBC 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow:

    "Driver-market speculation this weekend is also focusing on Adrian Sutil's future at Sauber. For some time there has been talk that the German may be replaced by reserve driver Giedo Van Der Garde, who brings substantial backing to the team. 'I haven't heard anything like that,' Sutil said here on Thursday. 'I'm still here.'"

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    Nico Rosberg explores the run-off of the Hockenheim track, the German outbraking himself at Turn Eight. No harm done, though, and he's soon back on his way.

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    Kevin Magnussen has a moment in the McLaren, the rear end snapping before the Dane catches it. He's currently fastest, though, with a 1:20.471.

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    Williams development driver Susie Wolff goes fastest with a 1:21.378.



    Mat Page: It would be really good to see @Susie_Wolff get a good bunch of laps in, she deserves it!

    Clyde Alex Matthews: ‏No man not again want to see Susie do laps!!!!!! So disappointed...

    Fire over your F1-related thoughts using the #bbcf1 hashtag or by texting 81111 (UK only).

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    And here she is, the Briton heading out on track and flicking through the gears as she accelerates out of the pits.

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    Williams report that they have "resolved the problem and Susie will be out for her first planned run shortly". Watch this space.

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    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso: The last 2 times we had the race in Hockenheim, 2 victories. This weekend should be a bit more difficult but still, I have a good feeling ;)

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "To Fric or not to fric, that was the question for all the teams ahead of this weekend. Governing body the FIA last week issued a technical directive saying felt the legality of their hydraulically controlled front-to-rear interconnected suspension systems - which give the car a more stable aerodynamic platform - 'could be called into question'. That isn't a ban.

    But the question was, would anyone run one and risk being protested. As it turns out, they have all told the FIA they have removed them, and now it remains to be seen whether some teams will be more affected than others. 'We'll fricking see,' a smiling Daniel Ricciardo said to the dozen or so journalists at his always- good-humoured news conference. 'You were waiting for that one, come on.'"

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    Everyone has completed an installation lap before returning to the pits, leaving the circuit silent. So now seems like a good time to talk about (takes a deep breath) hydraulically controlled front-to-rear interconnected suspension systems (and breathe).

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    Williams: Susie makes it back and the team are checking the data to fix the problem #FP1

    Susie Woolf back in Williams garage
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    Susie Wolff has made it back to the pits. She is able to select neutral before the a group of mechanics push her back into the garage.

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    Williams tell Susie Wolff that she's "doing everything right" and should coast back to the pits if she can.

    "There are lots of people with folded arms in the Williams garage," says BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish. "They are looking at the data, but they don't look as concerned as they were at Silverstone."


    You're not going to believe this, but Susie Wolff has slowed to a crawl on her out lap. Her Williams looks to be stuck in first gear.

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    Susie Wolff is keen to make up for lost time, the Briton heading out nice and early in the Williams.

  105. GO! GO! GO!

    The lights go green and round 10 of the Formula 1 World Championship is under way!

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:

    "The heat is on in more ways than one this weekend. For one thing, the title battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg has closed right up; for another, it's properly hot here in Rheinland this weekend, with tyre-torturing temperatures in the low 30Cs expected on Friday and Saturday. Finally, the ramifications of a classic F1 technical controversy are yet to fully unfold, and the traditional summer driver-market 'silly-season' is beginning to tick into life. It should be an interesting weekend."

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    Susie Woolf

    Williams: @Susie_Wolff jumps in the car for #FP1 ready to focus on the job ahead #Hockenheimring

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    We've got online-only commentary for you, via the link at the top of the page, with Ben Edwards and Tony Dodgins in the box.

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    It's a big day for Susie Wolff, the Briton getting a second chance to take part in a practice session during a Formula 1 weekend - and she'll be hoping this one is more successful. At Silverstone, she managed just four laps - only one of them timed - in the Williams before an engine issue ended her day prematurely.

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    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson in Hockenheim:


    "It has been quite a week for Nico Rosberg - he comes to his home race after watching Germany win the World Cup and getting married in the same weekend. He hoped to celebrate by wearing a new helmet design featuring an image of the World Cup itself, but was forced to change it after football's world governing body Fifa, saying it had infringed its intellectual copyright. 'All the things you have to think of,' Rosberg said. 'Amazing that even a trophy has its trademark. It was a surprise but I understand, it's a pity. It looked really cool. I've replaced it with a big star (pictured) and nobody can take that away. The star is ours.'"

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    So Nico Rosberg tied the knot last weekend before watching Germany beat Argentina to win the World Cup. His Mercedes team then confirmed the German, who leads the drivers' standings, had signed a "multi-year contract extension". But it wasn't all good news. Andrew Benson has more on that...

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    Morning everybody and welcome to our live coverage of first practice for the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

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    Nico Rosberg

    A wedding, a new contract and a World Cup for his country. What a week it has been for Nico Rosberg.