The session was the first since the governing body ruled against
a front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) system and all
teams presented their cars for scrutineering without it on Thursday.
The times indicated little change in the pecking order however, with
Rosberg setting a fastest lap of one minute 19.131 seconds and
Hamilton 0.065 slower on a bright and hot Hockenheim morning.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who has won the last two races at the
southern circuit which alternates with the Nuerburgring, was third
fastest and 0.292 off the pace.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the only driver other than the Mercedes
pair to win a race this season, was fourth fastest with quadruple
champion team mate and last year's German GP winner Sebastian Vettel
Further back, Susie Wolff had a second chance to make her mark among
the men after her involvement at Silverstone two weeks ago was cut
short due to an engine problem.
The first woman to take part in a grand prix weekend in 22 years
managed 22 laps this time and ended up an impressive 15th fastest,
only a fraction slower than the Force India of 14th placed Mexican
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Perez had made headlines in Britain when he jokingly told a Spanish
television reporter that he would not want to be beaten by a woman
driver. His time on Friday of 1:20.598 compared to Wolff's 1:20.769.
Brazilian Felipe Massa, the team's experienced regular, was only
11th fastest with a best time of 1:20.542.
Wolff's session was not without stress, however, and she hit trouble
on her opening lap out of the garage when the car suffered a sensor
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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