Nico put in a total of 51 laps during Friday's two practice sessions as the Hockenheim weekend got underway. In the morning, he posted a seventh-fastest time of 1:17.915. The afternoon session was cut short, but not before Nico had moved up to second on the timesheets with a personal best of 1:27.564.
"We learned a lot today as we were able to test in the different track conditions, and use the wet, intermediate and dry tyres," said Nico. "So I guess we are well prepared for whatever the weekend brings.
Unfortunately we have to change my race gearbox here as a precaution after discovering an issue after Silverstone. So I will receive a five-place penalty which is a shame for our home race but I will push hard to gain a good result. As we have seen this season, a lot can happen in the race."