Rosberg edges opening practice for German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg portrait

Nico Rosberg narrowly beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in opening practice for the Germany Grand Prix.

Rosberg topped the session by 0.06s, but with Hamilton quicker in two of the three sectors it could be suggested that the Brit has more time in hand.

As has become customary, Fernando Alonso was third fastest for Ferrari, lapping three tenths shy of Rosberg. Next up were Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Jenson Button (McLaren) and Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull). 

Meanwhile teams were running without the front-rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) system for the first time. Early appearances suggest Williams may have lost pace as a result, with Felipe Massa their top performer in 11th. Susie Wolff, getting her first proper outing in an F1 session following technical gremlins at Silverstone, was 15th fastest.

The Lotus cars appear to have suffered the most. Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado were 17th and 18th respectively, almost a second shy of 16th-placed Giedo van der Garde (Sauber).

Second practice gets underway at 14.00 local time at the Hockenheim circuit.