2009 GERMAN GP: HAMILTON AGAIN FASTEST


Lewis Hamilton raised hopes that McLaren's resurgence might be under way by topping practice for a second consecutive session at the Nurburgring. Hamilton emerged on top at the end of the early long runs - leading the field by a full second at one point - and then went quicker still when everyone switched to soft tyres for the final runs. The world champion was even able to sit out the final minutes in the pits, and watch his 1m31.121s time remain unbeaten.

Fernando Alonso took second place for Renault, 0.219s behind Hamilton, despite a quick spin in the arena section on his last lap. Felipe Massa repeated his Friday morning third place in the Ferrari, ahead of Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Championship leader Brawn had a troubled session. Jenson Button was only 11th, and complained over the radio of difficulty with low tyre temperatures and locking front brakes. His team-mate Rubens Barrichello spent the first half of the hour in the pits while an electrical problem was attended to, before emerging to take 14th.

Pos  Driver        Team                      Time              Laps
1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.121 16
2. Alonso Renault (B) 1:31.340 + 0.219 18
3. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:31.351 + 0.230 20
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:31.542 + 0.421 17
5. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:31.610 + 0.489 16
6. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:31.615 + 0.494 19
7. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:31.620 + 0.499 23
8. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:31.690 + 0.569 20
9. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:31.731 + 0.610 20
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:31.928 + 0.807 21
11. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:32.009 + 0.888 22
12. Glock Toyota (B) 1:32.022 + 0.901 20
13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.104 + 0.983 20
14. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes (B) 1:32.124 + 1.003 13
15. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.135 + 1.014 21
16. Piquet Renault (B) 1:32.223 + 1.102 15
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:32.239 + 1.118 23
18. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:32.269 + 1.148 20
19. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:32.742 + 1.621 18
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:32.883 + 1.762 21