The first session was blighted by heavy rain at Hockenheim, and as usual two things happen when this is the case; Adrian Sutil goes quickly and one of the established runners has a 'moment'.
Adrian Sutil topped the wet Friday session © Sutton
Well that was true once again this time as the Force India driver went fastest of all as the circuit evolved from a wet one to merely damp through its 90-minute duration.
Lewis Hamilton was the star name in shame, having pushed the left-rear of his McLaren MP4-25 into the centre after losing it at Turn 3 and clouting the barrier heavily. This would cost the 2008 world champion dear as the team would not complete repairs until 75 minutes into FP2.