2014 German Formula 1 Grand Prix - Second free practice

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Welcome to live text coverage of second practice for the German Grand Prix!
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It's an extremely hot afternoon at Hockenheim, with air and track temperatures rising to 31°C and 56°C respectively ahead of FP2
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The drivers now have another 90 minutes of practice time to fine tune their cars
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Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez will be driving for the first time this weekend, however, having given up their cars in FP1
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres
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There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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The first comes between Turns 1 and 2, with the second between Turns 4 and 6
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Don't forget, you can get in touch with our live reporting team throughout the session
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And we can be found on Twitter via the handle @GPUpdate
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The green light switches on at the end of the pit lane and FP2 begins!
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Ericsson is the first driver out for Caterham
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Kobayashi joins his team-mate on the track
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It's getting hotter by the minute...
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Ericsson's Caterham has come to a halt on the approach to Turn 2
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He parks on the inside and jumps out
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Marshals are quickly on the scene to push the car away
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DRS has been disabled for the time being
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The car has been cleared and we're green once more
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Magnussen sets the early pace with a 1:21.277
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McLaren team-mate Button slots into second position
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Despite a few lock-ups, Raikkonen moves to the front
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It's a 1:20.263 from the Ferrari driver
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Sutil runs wide at the first corner as Ericsson watches on from the pit wall
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Bottas improves his time but remains third, while Perez leaps up to fourth
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Caterham confirms that Ericsson was halted by an oil pressure problem
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Rosberg's first timed lap is a 1:19.729 and he moves comfortable fastest
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Rosberg improves by three tenths of a second to extend his advantage
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Hamilton slots into second now, with Massa in third
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Rosberg sets a 1:19.424 - identical to his previous lap time!
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Red Bull has now joined in - Ricciardo goes third, two places ahead of Vettel
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Grosjean goes slightly wide at the penultimate corner while Hamilton opts to use the run-off at the first turn
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Most of the field have now returned to the pits but Alonso is on a hot lap
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The Spaniard goes fifth on his first flying lap of the session
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A big moment for Raikkonen heading into Turn 8, but he manages to keep control
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Hulkenberg is the first to switch to Super Softs
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Kobayashi's car catches fire, forcing him to stop at the side of the track
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Marshals quickly arrive with extinguishers to resolve the situation
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Kobayashi also gets involved, as he bids to avoid car damage
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Kobayashi's car is slowly craned away
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With his car cleared, the track is green once more
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Kobayashi jogs after the crane with an extinguisher to ensure that the fire is put out
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Lots of drivers, including pace-setter Rosberg, head back out
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Rosberg begins a lap on Options but makes a mistake in the first sector
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Lots of drivers have switched to the Super Softs now
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Sutil goes fastest with a 1:19.417
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Ricciardo now moves to the front, with Massa slotting into second
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Hamilton jumps to P1 on 1:18.341
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Rosberg goes second, 0.024s adrift
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Raikkonen up to fourth, just ahead of Magnussen and Massa
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Replays show Vettel using all of the track and more at the final corner
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Alonso makes a small improvement to go ninth
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Expect the drivers to switch their focus to longer runers now
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Bottas, one of the last drivers to put on Super Softs, improves to P10
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Ericsson is back out after his earlier stoppage
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Good work from the Caterham crew to diagnose and fix the issue
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Plenty of flow-vis paint on the right-hand side of Vettel's Red Bull
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Vettel pits, putting on the Soft compound
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He completes a practice start and heads back out
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Replays show chuns of rubber flying from Vergne's front-left tyre
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As we mentioned this morning, tyre management will be key this weekend...
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A bit of a queue at Mercedes, as Rosberg arrives while Hamilton's car is being serviced
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Mechanics have to act fast to cool the German's smoking brakes
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Just Kvyat in the pits as the session nears its conclusion
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Replays show Raikkonen running wide at Turn 12 before locking up at Turn 13
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The chequered flag comes out, bringing FP2 to an end
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Hamilton remains fastest, narrowly ahead of team-mate Rosberg
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Ricciardo finishes as best of the rest for Red Bull
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Then there is a sizeable gap back to Raikkonen's Ferrari
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Magnussen edges Massa for sixth, while Button, Vettel, Alonso and Bottas round out the top 10
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for final practice at 11am local time (GMT +2) on Saturday