Rain king michael schumacher, of all people, made a gross blunder in his weather at the hockenheimring: first the seven-time formula 1 world champion was the best german in friday practice in the dry, then followed a spectacular crash in the wet in which he wrecked the silver arrow. Schumacher took the blame: "I lost a bit of concentration." he had talked over pit radio and at the same time made a few voting changes.
With this, schumacher provided an exclamation point and an upset during practice for the german grand prix. With four and a half minutes to go in the second session, the record-breaking afternoon champion crashed almost head-on into a tire barrier. "This was not planned in this way. I am sorry that my boys have more work to do tonight because of this mistake. I just slipped away."After the accident, the 43-year-old climbed out of his rather demolished mercedes unharmed and waved to the spectators at the motodrom.
Defending champion sebastian vettel at least hinted at his ambitions for a first home victory in the rainy second practice session. The red bull driver from heppenheim finished third behind nico rosberg in the second mercedes. "A win at hockenheim would be special, of course," said vettel, who has never won a german grand prix. "It fits so far and I’ve found my way around quite well."In the morning, the two-time champion finished in twelfth place.
Schumacher spun after the first impact and then crashed the rear of the silver arrow into the tire pile again. "Michael’s slip at the end of the session was a result of the difficult conditions," said mercedes motorsport boss norbert haug. "Michael told me on the pit radio that he had not been concentrated."Before the second training it had poured down like from buckets. All drivers were therefore at least ten seconds slower on the wet track compared to their morning times.
Schumacher had finished fourth at the start of his home race in dry conditions. The four-time hockenheim winner was 0.787 seconds behind the day’s fastest jenson button in 1:17.382 minutes. The british mclaren driver needed 1:16.595 minutes on the 4.574-kilometer circuit. Second place went to his compatriot and teammate lewis hamilton ahead of world championship leader fernando alonso in the ferrari.
In the afternoon, a downpour at the start and several showers in between made driving difficult for the entire field. "It was very slippery, very slippery and difficult to assess," vettel reported. "You had to slowly approach the limit."
Rosberg was the best german overall with seventh and second place finishes. In the afternoon, the silver arrow star from wiesbaden was just 88 thousandths of a second off the best time of pastor maldonado (venezuela). The williams driver needed 1:27.466 minutes on the partially submerged track. In sunday’s race, however, rosberg will have to start five places further back. "I had a gearbox problem at silverstone. Unfortunately we had to change that, which is why I get the penalty," said the 27-year-old.
Nico hulkenberg put in a great performance. The force india driver from emmerich finished sixth in both the dry and the wet. Timo glock (wersau) in the inferior marussia was once good 15. As well as 22.
Before the tenth round of the season, alonso leads the championship with 129 points. "I’m quite happy with how things are going," said the spaniard. Red bull rival mark webber (australia) is second overall (116) ahead of vettel (100). Even if the heppenheim driver were to win and the two rivals ahead of him were to drop out, he would not be able to take over the world championship lead.