Slip N’ Slide – German Grand Prix, Free Practice 1

A cool, grey start to the opening day here at Hockenheim saw patches of rain interrupt track time, while Lotus F1 Team spent the intermittent periods of dry running analysing upgrades rather than seeking outright pace.

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05
  • Position: P15
  • Best Time: 1:18.831
  • Laps Completed: 14
Romain Grosjean, E20-04
  • Position: P10
  • Best Time: 1:18.130
  • Laps Completed: 21

Key Moments:

  • 0mins: Both cars out for install laps on hard tyres
  • 18mins: Romain out hard tyres for his first run
  • 20mins: Kimi follows with the same rubber
  • 50mins: Both E20s return to the action on hard tyres
  • 61mins: The Finn one again emerges and returns without setting a time
  • 80mins: More track time for the Frenchman; medium tyres this time
  • 85mins: One more aero run for the Iceman; identical rubber on his car
  • 90mins: Chequered flag: Kimi P24 (no time set), Romain P


A few droplets of rain spattered the track just as the lights went green to signal the start of free practice one here at Hockenheim. Both E20s immediately departed the garage for install laps sporting matching sets of Pirelli’s new experimental hard compound tyre, marked with a silver band around the outer rim.
Romain was first of the pair to emerge for his first stint; a short run on the same set of hard tyres used for his install lap firing the Frenchman into P2. Kimi followed just minutes later on identical rubber, running deep into the turn thirteen hairpin and aborting his run as further spurts of rain began to fall.

As the few drivers remaining on track struggled to remain on it, the session fell silent as teams awaited an end to the shower before sending their drivers back out onto the track. Kimi and Romain finally broke out of the garage with just under half of the session remaining, once more putting the new hard tyres through their paces.

The Finn once again opted not to complete a flying lap; the team using the session to gather data on a new upgrade package rather than targeting outright pace or race simulations with the number nine car; a cycle which would be repeated again on his next foray from the comfort of the pit box.
More light rain ensued shortly afterwards, with the E20s confined to their cages along with each of the other twenty-two cars in the field. With just ten minutes remaining and the track drying out, a host of cars piled out onto the circuit for final runs of the morning; among them Romain on a fresh set of the white marked medium compound tyres, shortly followed by his team-mate on another aero run with the same rubber as the Frenchman.

As the chequered flag dropped and a round of practice pit stops were completed, Kimi found himself in P15 with a best time of 1:18.831 from 14 laps, while Romain heads into the afternoon having set a 1:18.130 from 21 laps – good enough for P10 at the break.

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