Webber wants victory at NurburgringMark Webber was quickest for Red Bull in the second Friday practice session for the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring. Webber's time of 1:31.711 was nearly 0.168s quicker than Alonso's effort, as they were the only two drivers to go faster than Alonso's morning effort. Sebastian Vettel was third once again, 0.2s further back, while Felipe Massa was fourth on a 1:32.354 as Ferrari and Red Bull set the headline pace.
The two Mercedes made late jumps to complete the top six, Schumacher ahead of Nico Rosberg, showing some good pace. There was a scare moment for Scumacher and Alonso late in the session, as Spaniard tried to dive down the inside of Schumacher in to turn seven and lost the rear end of the car as Schumacher turned in. Alonso took to the grass and just avoided side-swiping the Mercedes in what was a close escape from some heavy damage.
The best of the McLarens was back in seventh in Lewis Hamilton's hands, while Jenson Button had to sit out the final 20 minutes with an issue on a development exhaust and was only 11th. McLaren was more competitive on the long, heavy fuel runs though, with Hamilton setting lap times comparative to those ahead of him.
Renault was another team to explore exhaust possibilities, with Nick Heidfeld testing a new rear-exiting system as opposed to Vitaly Petrov who was running the team's usual front-exiting solution. There was no big gain to be had for either driver though, as the pair finished the session just 0.040s apart.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m31.711s 34 2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m31.879s + 0.168 38 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m32.084s + 0.373 28 4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m32.354s + 0.643 36 5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m32.411s + 0.700 31 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.557s + 0.846 32 7. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.724s + 1.013 28 8. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m33.098s + 1.387 17 9. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m33.138s + 1.427 22 10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m33.211s + 1.500 34 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.225s + 1.514 17 12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m33.299s + 1.588 34 13. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.113s + 2.402 34 14. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m34.344s + 2.633 34 15. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m34.487s + 2.776 37 16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.491s + 2.780 35 17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m34.996s + 3.285 35 18. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m35.753s + 4.042 42 19. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m36.940s + 5.229 32 20. Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1m37.248s + 5.537 33 21. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m37.313s + 5.602 33 22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m38.145s + 6.434 31 23. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m40.737s + 9.026 5 24. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari No time 3