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.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.