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.
Were 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 dont think we will see those issues again.
Vettels 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 Ferraris 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.