Practice got underway beneath the baking sunshine of Hockenheim which heated the air to 29°C and the track to 48°C. Johnny Cecotto and Simon Trummer continued their 2014 tradition by leading the field out onto the German track.
The opening lap times were recorded down in the 1m30s region but after five minutes Jolyon Palmer knocked in the first flying lap with a time of 1:25.494. Sergio Canamasas was looking to beat the Briton but a snap of oversteer into the final corner forced the Spaniard to settle for P2. Daniël de Jong – driving the resplendent looking MP Motorsport car – soon took the top spot for himself with three purple sector times.
Stoffel Vandoorne’s ART Grand Prix car is running with a thermal imaging onboard camera again this weekend and it showed the stresses and strains undertaken by the front left tyre around the Hockenheimring. Despite this, the Belgian moved into second place.
Artem Markelov wasn’t having things all his own way by having a twitch into turn eleven and launching through the gravel on the exit; reminiscent of Giancarlo Serenelli’s off in the same place back in 2012. Another driver with an issue was Adrian Quaife-Hobbs who ran wide on the exit of the first corner and took a bit of air when rejoining the track, thus proving the danger of running wide at such speed.
Tom Dillmann failed to fully utilise his wing mirrors as he blocked René Binder’s lap but the Austrian had time for another attempt and ended his session in P10 while Jon Lancaster also didn’t notice Johnny Cecotto trying to get past. Julián Leal was slow throughout the session and later stopped out on track prematurely; perhaps explaining his slow pace. The most impressive man in Silverstone Marco Sørensen also failed to get back to the pits when his MP Motorsport car failed.
Stefano Coletti set the fastest middle and final sectors on his way to a session topping time of 1:24.771 while his team mate was one place behind Stoffel Vandoorne to round out the top three. Arthur Pic’s time was good enough for 13th place but a car issue kept the French driver from returning to the pit lane.
|1||S. Coletti||Racing Engineering||1:24.771|
|2||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||0.110|
|3||R. Marciello||Racing Engineering||0.383|
|4||A. Rossi||Campos Racing||0.406|
|5||C. Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||0.457|
|7||N. Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||0.528|
|10||R. Binder||Arden International||0.588|
|11||D. De Jong||MP Motorsport||0.677|
|13||A. Pic||Campos Racing||0.726|
|14||T. Izawa||ART Grand Prix||0.818|
|15||R. Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||0.900|
|17||M. Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME||0.948|
|18||D. Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||0.965|
|20||J. Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||1.070|
|21||T. Dillmann||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1.140|
|23||A. Negrão||Arden International||1.260|
|24||A. Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME||1.368|
|25||M. Sørensen||MP Motorsport||1.543|