Good news at last for Lewis Hamilton fans, as he steers his Mercedes powered McLaren to the fastest time in practice two for the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
This will be a great boost for Mercedes at their home German grand prix as their engine has not done well in the McLaren so far this season. Fortunately they also supply the engine for Brawn who have done much better for them with Jenson Button managing six wins out of eight races this year.
Mark Webber set the early pace and sat at the top of the leader board for most of the first hour.
With 35 minutes to go Jenson Button went out on Super Soft tyres and popped up to the top with 1:32.369. We could see Button weaving along the straights trying to keep his tyres warm enough as he was having the same problem as in Silverstone where his silky smooth driving and gentle car didn’t keep the tyres at their best operating temperature.
A few minutes later Lewis Hamilton was in second, just four hundredths behind Jenson Button, so we had a British one-two, but that was soon spoiled by an impressive lap from Vettel who went just two hundredths of a second quicker. We are certainly having close racing this year.
With just six minutes to go Lewis Hamilton was at it again with a personal fastest for sectors one and two, and a fastest of everyone in sector three to go top with at time of 1:32.149. Vettel closed the gap slightly but ended the session in second.
The session ended with Lewis Hamilton top followed by Vettel, Button, Webber, Trulli, Sutil, Barrichello and Alonso in eighth.
We again had an extremely close set of times with only 1.8 seconds separating the field, except for Fisichella who crashed out at the beginning of the session.