Aston Martin Red Bull Racing were the pace setters on the opening day of practice for Sunday’s German Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo topped the times in the opening session but was handed an engine penalty which will see him start the race from the back of the grid which ultimately may lead to a pit-lane start as Aston Martin Red Bull Racing may opt to carry out work on the car on Saturday night.
In the second session it was Max Verstappen’s turn to top the times with a fastest lap of 01:12,985s.
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton was second fastest just 0.026s behind Verstappen. Fresh from announcing his new Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas was third fastest just ahead of championship leader Sebastien Vettel in his Ferrari while Kimi Raikkonen was fifth.
The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean ended the day in sixth place just ahead of his team mate Kevin Magnussen.
It was a great afternoon for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles LeClerc as the Frenchman ended the session in 8th place just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg while Esteban Ocon rounded out the top ten.
Sergio Perez was 11th in the second Force India just ahead of Carlos Sainz in the second Renault.
Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was 13th just ahead of Marcus Ericsson and the Toro Rosso duo of Pierre Gasly and Brendan Hartley were 15th and 16th respectively.
McLaren Renault’s Fernando Alonso was 17th just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s duo of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin. Stoffel Vandoorne in the second McLaren rounded out the order in 20th place.