Webber describes ‘unreal’ weather conditions
20 July 2012 – Formula 1 experienced a wet return to Hockenheim on Friday, with rain washing out much of first and second practice albeit not as badly as at Silverstone. At one point, balls of spray resulted in visibility levels of almost zero on the start/finish straight.
“That was a bit unreal,” said British Grand Prix winner Mark Webber, who also had to tackle rivers running across the contours of the circuit. “We didn’t expect the rain to be this bad today, but it was quite heavy at times – we even used the extreme full Wet tyre.
“That’s two races in a row now with tricky conditions. We haven’t done much dry running yet, but Sunday looks like it will be better weather-wise. We needed to check what the track conditions were like in terms of grip level, as it’s a different layout here to Silverstone and different asphalt.
“We tried a few small new parts today. The lap times were all over the place and there were a few incidents, but we got everything we could out of that session.”
For what it is worth, Webber rounded out second practice in ninth place, with team-mate Sebastian Vettel third as Pastor Maldonado led the way for Williams.