Friday Practice One
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 Free Practice 1: P11, 1:34.094, 22 laps
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04 Free Practice 1: P15, 1:35.444, 22 laps
Vitaly Petrov led the way for Lotus Renault GP at a chilly and cloudy Nürburgring for the first practice session of the German Grand Prix.
Using chassis R31-05, Vitaly set the eleventh fastest time of the session with a lap of 1min 34.094secs. During the course of the ninety-minute session he used both of Pirelli’s white-marked medium and yellow-marked soft tyres. Late in the session, Vitaly changed front wing.
Nick, who in chassis R31-04 was running a different exhaust system from Vitaly, set the fifteenth fastest time of the morning. He used only Pirelli’s white-marked medium specification tyre.
Fastest in FP1 was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso with a time of 1m 31.894secs.
Friday Practice Two
Nick Heidfeld, R31-04 Free Practice 2: P8, 1:33.098, 17 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-05 Free Practice 2: P9, 1:33.128, 22 laps
Driving at his home Grand Prix, Nick reversed the trend of the first practice session by finishing the fastest of the two LRGP drivers, as the team returned to the track for the second practice session at the Nurburgring.
The German, who continued to use a different exhaust set-up, was eighth fastest in the session, posting a best time of 1min 33.098secs on Pirelli’s soft tyre compound.
During the ninety-minute spell, Nick managed some lap time on the soft compounds, unlike this morning when he drove only on the medium tyres.
Vitaly, meanwhile, set a time of 1min 33.138secs, which brought him home one place behind his teammate in ninth position. He ran on both the soft and medium compounds during the session.
Fastest in FP2 was Red Bull’s Mark Webber with a time of 1min 31.711secs.
By: Lotus Renault