• Hockenheim, Friday - Ross: "We had two very productive sessions here at Hockenheim today"

The German Grand Prix weekend got underway at Hockenheim today with Michael and Nico completing the first two practice sessions for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS at one of the team's home races. Both MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS drivers completed a combined total of 89 laps in today's two practice sessions.

"We had two very productive sessions here at Hockenheim today to start our home Grand Prix weekend", said Ross Brawn. "We had some new things to try on the car which we had the opportunity to try in the dry and the wet. The car seems reasonably well balanced but we will have a good look at all of the data tonight to see how we want to proceed tomorrow."

One of the team's drivers finished in the top four in both sessions, which ranged from dry to fully wet: In the difficult conditions prevailing during the afternoon, Nico set the second-fastest time. Michael had earlier set the fourth-fastest time in FP 1.

"Not typical Hockenheim conditions for the first day of our home Grand Prix", said Norbert Haug. "We looked ok as far as today's lap times can be judged, however they are certainly not a full reflection of the competitive order. Unfortunately, Michael had an off during the closing stages of the session, which is not ideal but better today than tomorrow or on race day.

Our team will work hard this evening to repair his car. The forecast also predicts rain for tomorrow and a nice, sunny day on Sunday. It looks like what we had in Silverstone could be repeated in Hockenheim - two days of rain followed by sun."