2014 German Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

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We will be back for second practice at 2pm local time (GMT +2)
10:30
Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
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Alonso finishes third, with the Red Bulls and McLarens in close company
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Rosberg ends the session fastest, from Mercedes team-mate Hamilton
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The chequered flag comes out at Hockenheim
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This is likely due to the removal of FRIC, with cars reacting differently
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But in general, there have been plenty of mistakes on track this morning
10:24
The Dutchman escaped unharmed from a massive shunt at the Silverstone test
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Van der Garde runs wide at the first corner, but keeps his car facing in the right direction
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Few improvements are on the way, however, with tyres reaching the end of their life
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The track action has intensified with the minutes ticking down
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Just Ricciardo, Button and Kvyat on track at the moment
10:07
Rosberg still leading from Hamilton, with 0.065 seconds separating the pair
10:07
Massa puts himself back ahead with a small improvement
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Wolff moves up two places with her latest attempt
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She's currently 16th, a tenth back on Massa
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Wolff is making up for lost time in the Williams
10:03
Hamilton is told that he "just needs to put the lap together" to be on Rosberg's pace
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Rosberg has another off track excursion, this time at Turn 8
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His team-mate, Raikkonen, is eighth
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Alonso goes fourth, seven tenths down on Rosberg
10:01
Hamilton finds more time, but is again unable to usurp Rosberg
09:59
Rosberg lowers the benchmark to 1:19.131, before running wide at the first corner
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Hamilton improves, but stays in P2
09:57
Hamilton slots into second, three tenths behind his team-mate
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Rosberg now takes over, lapping in 1:19.276
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Button is up to second, splitting the Red Bulls
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Ricciardo moves to the front on 1:19.697
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Vettel posts another quick lap, just 0.018s shy of his current best
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Replays show Kobayashi drifting his way through the final corner
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Raikkonen's issue has allegedly been resolved
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Plenty more cars venturing out for some longer runs
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Current pace-setter Vettel leaves the pits
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Kvyat is the next to embark on some serious running
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Hamilton is having a discussion with boss Toto Wolff in the Mercedes garage
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Replays show Kobayashi misjudging his entry to the first corner
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Kobayashi has joined Chilton on the circuit
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With the softest compounds in use, tyre degradation is likely to be a key theme
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The track temperature has now hit 40°C, with air creeping up to 27°C
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Chilton completes a practice start at the end of the pit lane and returns to the track
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We will bring to more on that as and when we find out
09:32
Ferrari reports that Raikkonen has a technical problem
09:31
This sparks another quiet phase
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We've hit 30 minutes, meaning the extra set of Prime tyres much be handed back
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Replays show Hamilton locking up and running wide at Turn 8
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Vettel edges 0.042s clear of Rosberg
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Alonso is now fifth, from Ricciardo and Vergne
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Vettel goes fourth, just behind the two McLarens
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Rosberg moves to the front with a 1:20.337
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Hamilton had gone fastest of all through the first sector, but he locked up at the hairpin
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Button goes second, making it a McLaren 1-2
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Replays show a chunk of debris coming off one of the Saubers
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Wolff goes fourth fastest with her latest lap
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Massa slots into second, with Button third
09:19
The mechanics have seemingly fixed her car
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Wolff is back on track for Williams
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Magnussen leads after the early spate of laps
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Ericsson posts the first time of the weekend, lapping in 1:28.480
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Mechanics are fitting a new rear wing to Alonso's car
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Ericsson breaks the silence in his Caterham
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A brief lull as the drivers prepare for their first proper runs of the day
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Wolff's car is up on jacks, with mechanics already hard at work
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All 22 drivers have been out on track for exploratory laps
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It looks as though she was stuck in first gear for the entire lap
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Wolff has finally brought the Williams back to the garage
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Replays show some smoke coming from the rear of Chilton's Marussia
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She's crawling back to the pits while a host of cars move past on their install laps
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Wolff's car is moving extremely slowly on her installation lap. Could it be another problem?
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Wolff is the first driver out for Williams
09:00
The green flag comes on at the end of the pit lane and FP1 is underway!
08:56
Susie Wolff, hoping for a much smoother run than Silverstone, is in for Valtteri Bottas at Williams, with Giedo van der Garde replacing Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber
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There are two driver changes for this morning's first session
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Controlled by separate detection points, the first comes between Turns 1 and 2, with the second following along the curving Parabolika, between Turns 4 and 6
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place for the weekend's action
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres to Germany
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Sunday is the only question mark at present, with some showers being forecasted
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Expect those to rise considerably as the day progresses
08:51
Air and track temperatures are currently sitting at 25°C and 35°C respectively
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It's a glorious day at Hockenheim, with the sun out in force
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of opening practice for the German Grand Prix!