Charles Leclerc headed Formula 1 team-mate Sebastian Vettel during second practice for the German Grand Prix, as Mercedes played second fiddle to Ferrari in the short-runs around the Hockenheimring, whilst Grosjean shined with the Australian-spec Haas F1 car.
Leclerc’s fastest lap was a 1.13.449s, which gave him a 0.124s advantage over his team-mate, and after running multiple times, Lewis Hamilton was just 0.146s adrift of Leclerc’s fastest run, with Bottas more than half a second adrift.
Romain Grosjean ended the session in sixth place, after Haas reverted to an older specification, following the string of pointless finishes for the Haas team in the previous few races.
Story of the session
The session got underway in roasting temperatures, however the top-runners weren’t keen on taking to circuit, given this was the hottest it was expected to get all weekend, and temperatures were forecasted to be much lower for Saturday and Sunday.
After the first few drivers went for a run, Grosjean headed Norris by 0.193s, whilst Magnussen continued to lack versus his team-mate on the newest specification on the Haas – which pointed to many suspicions in the paddock that the new spec Haas is fundamentally flawed.
As the top-runners took to track, Leclerc edged Vettel with a 1.14.569s, which gave him a 0.235s advantage over his team-mate, who set the pace in the first session in front of his home crowd. Meanwhile, Gasly slotted into third slot and half second adrift, however his team-mate the the two Mercedes were yet to set representative times.
As the Mercedes took to circuit, Hamilton went straight to the top of the time sheets with a 1.14.456s, edging Leclerc’s time by 0.113s, however is wasn’t the cleanest of laps, whilst Bottas went third on the hard compound tyres. On his next lap, Bottas went second and just 0.011s adrift of his team-mate, despite being on the slower, hard tyres, meanwhile Hamilton went to extend his advantage, setting a 1.14.074 on the medium tyres.
Grosjean was first to go for a qualifying-simulation lap, and was just 0.105s adrift of Hamilton’s pace-setting lap on the medium compound tyres.
As the front-runners headed for the long-runs, Ferrari soared ahead of Mercedes, with Leclerc’s 1.13.449s giving him a tenth advantage over his team-mate, with Hamilton and Bottas in third and fourth places.
Towards the end of the session, Pierre Gasly had a shunt at the final corner, which brought out the Red Flag.