Mercedes were on another level in both practice sessions ahead of the German Grand Prix, with Nico Rosberg leading Lewis Hamilton in the morning and the afternoon. Sebastian Vettel was third fastest but couldn’t keep up with the leading pair.
It was a quiet day for most, with both McLarens getting into the top ten in FP1, and both Esteban Ocon and Charles Leclerc getting another go in their Friday drives.
The afternoon was more troublesome for McLaren, as Jenson Button completed 16 laps before picking up a fragment of carbon fibre in his eye. He headed to the medical centre with the painful complaint and then to hospital where they patched him up, and he returned with the all clear.
Meanwhile, track limits were still a talking point with many drivers running wide at turn one. After agreeing with the Strategy Group to go easy on the track limits clampdown, Charlie Whiting has changed his mind and says he will still be watching carefully.
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References Charlie Whiting, Esteban Ocon, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
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