Competitors in the 2014 Formula 1 racing season took to the Hockenheimring in Germany Friday for two free practice sessions. According to Formula 1, Team Mercedes led in times again; however, the drivers with top times flipped between FP1 and FP2, and another driver made close advances on the duo from the German-based team.
In FP1, according to Formula 1, Nico Rosberg posted the quickest time at 1m 19.424s whereas his team-mate, British driver Lewis Hamilton set a time of 1m 19.757s. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo posted the third best with 1m 19.806s.
By FP2, however, the Mercedes drivers flipped best times -- Hamilton posted 1m 18.341s to Rosberg's 1m 18.365s. However, Ricciardo trimmed his third fastest time to a much closer 1m 18.443s. All drivers used supersoft tires in FP2.
About increasingly narrowing the gap, Ricciardo commented after practice, "I think tires and weather will define the race on Sunday. Today we were happy with our progress and it seems to be one of the closer gaps for a while, but it's tomorrow when we'll see how close we really are. I think we had a good car today and we extracted pretty much everything we could out of the practice today. Hopefully we can have more of a fight with the leaders this weekend."
American fans used to searching different channels for Formula 1 races on their TV screens will need to consult again the schedule below, since although the tour remains in Europe, NBC's properties are moving their coverage around again.
According to NBC, the live schedule for the weekend is:
Saturday, July 19:
8:00 -- 9:30 a.m. Qualifying - CNBC -- LIVE.
Sunday, July 20:
7:30 -- 8:00 a.m. Pre-race -- CNBC -- LIVE.
8:00 -- 10:00 a.m. German Grand Prix RACE -- CNBC -- LIVE
10:00 -- 10:30 a.m. Post-race -- CNBC -- LIVE.
The German Grand Prix is the tenth race out of 19 planned for the 2014 season. Leading the drivers' championship going into Germany, according to Formula 1, is Nico Rosberg with 165 points. His team-mate, Lewis Hamilton is just four points behind. Next closest to the Mercedes duo is Ricciardo with 98.
In the constructors' championship, Mercedes still has very little to worry about walking into the paddock with 326 points. Its next closest competitor is Red Bull Racing-Renault with 168.
The Hungarian Grand Prix will be next up on July 27, with the summer break in grands prix taking place after that until late August.