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Vettel edges Rosberg in Friday’s practice as tyres play true

Written by Reuters | Nuerburgring | Posted: July 6, 2013 3:28 am

Sebastian Vettel edged German rival Nico Rosberg in practice for the German Grand Prix and the drivers eased their threat of a pullout as new tyres went through Friday without a blowout. Three-time champion Vettel beat Rosberg by .235 seconds in the second practice,after finishing eighth in the slower morning session. Vettel,a vice president of the drivers’ association that warned F1 of a pull out if tyre problems experienced at the British GP persisted,sought to clarify the drivers’ position.

“We’re happy Pirelli bought a new specification of tire for this event and want to thank them for their flexibility and reaction times — they were able to find a solution in only a couple of days,’’ Vettel said.

“The circumstances that we raced under in Silverstone were not what we can accept,but I don’t think we will see those issues again.”

Vettel’s fastest lap was 1 minute,30.416 seconds. Mark Webber in the second Red Bull was third and Romain Grosjean fourth,ahead of Lotus teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Next was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso,who failed to complete a full lap in the morning because of electrical problems. Lewis Hamilton,who topped the morning session ahead of Rosberg,dropped to eighth in the afternoon.

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