Red Bull Racing duo Sebastian Vettel
and Mark Webber
both admitted that they feared the threat of Ferrari
following the opening day of practice for his weekend's 2010 German Grand Prix
– after the Scuderia
dominated what dry running there was at Hockenheim.
Not for the first time this season, the two RB6s, indeed, looked somewhat at-sea as the rain came down with a vengeance during the morning FP1 running, winding up some way shy of the leading pace in eleventh (Vettel) and 14th (respectively). The German and Australian hauled themselves up to far more respectable positions of second and fourth respectively later on, still separated by three tenths of a second in advantage of the fans' favourite.
“The conditions were not easy today,” reflected Vettel, whose preparations for his home grand prix were not aided last week when he strained a muscle after falling whilst out jogging. “They were quite changeable, which made judging lap times difficult, but we got some dry running in the afternoon which was important.
“I think it's looking quite good and the car feels good, especially in the last section. Ferrari
looked extremely competitive; McLaren
had a difficult day with only one car for the majority of running, but they will come back and be up there. I did a bit of rallying in FP2 when I lost the rear going into the Stadium section and had to find my way through the gravel, but fortunately I could save it and there was no problem.”
“It wasn't the easiest day for everyone,” concurred Webber. “The track conditions were pretty tricky, so selecting the right tyres at the right time wasn't straightforward, but we got some good information out of FP2 when the track was pretty dry.
“We were also able to learn how both types of wet tyre worked here, so we evaluated the car in almost all conditions today. The car felt good, but we've got some work to do tonight. Ferrari
look strong, and I'm looking forward to the race.”