Formula One

 
            === Rosberg aiming for a win in his home grand prix ===
 
 Hockenheim,  Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Less than a week after the nation's
 win  in  the 2014 FIFA  World Cup  Final, round 10  in this year's Formula One
 world championship takes place in Germany.
 
 The  67-lap German Grand Prix is scheduled for Sunday at the Hockenheimring, a
 2.842-mile (4.574-kilometer), 17-turn course.
 
 Prior  to  Friday's two  practice sessions  for the  German GP, F1's governing
 body,  the  FIA, confirmed that none  of the 22  cars taking part in this race
 will be fitted with a Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension (FRIC) system.
 
 The  removal of the FRIC on the cars follows a technical directive sent to all
 11  teams by the  FIA's race director Charlie Whiting after the July 6 British
 Grand  Prix.  The FIA  called into question  the legality of  some of the FRIC
 systems being used this season.
 
 It doesn't appear that the revised technical regulation will have an impact on
 Mercedes'  dominance  in the sport  this season. Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg
 and  Lewis Hamilton  were once  again 1-2  in both  practice sessions  for the
 German  GP. In  the first  session,  Rosberg, the  current world  championship
 points  leader,  posted the fastest lap  in 1 minute, 19.131 seconds. Hamilton
 was second in 1:19.196.
 
 "It  was  a difficult day  for us, because  we had to work  on some of the new
 settings  as the  car was running without the FRIC system," Rosberg said. "But
 it  worked out  quite well,  even  in difficult  conditions. It  was very  hot
 outside,  and the soft tires don't last that long here, so this will be tricky
 for the race."
 
 In  the second session,  Hamilton led the way with a lap in 1:18.341, followed
 by  Rosberg in 1:18.365. Hamilton won his home race in Great Britain and moved
 to  within  four points of  Rosberg, who suffered  his first retirement of the
 season due to a faulty gearbox.
 
 "It  was a pretty  good day today," Hamilton said of his practice sessions for
 the  German  GP. "It  was quite difficult  to find the  balance with the track
 being so hot, and it is a tricky circuit to drive in general. The car is a bit
 different now, as everyone made some setup changes in a different direction to
 what we've had in the past, but it's still fun to drive."
 
 Rosberg  is one  of four Germans competing in this race. Sebastian Vettel from
 Red  Bull, Force  India's Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil from Sauber are the
 others. Rosberg has finished no better than fourth in the German GP.
 
 Since  the  British GP, the  29-year-old Rosberg  got married to his long-time
 girlfriend  Vivian Sibold  and then signed a new multi-year contract extension
 with Mercedes.
 
 "It's  been  a very  exciting week for  sure," he said.  "We also became world
 champions  [FIFA  World  Cup],  which  was  awesome.  In  terms  of  the  [F1]
 championship,  how  do I  see it?  I just  see it  as the  next race, which is
 Hockenheim.  It's  our home race.  I really look  forward to driving here. I'm
 here  to  win, of  course. I'm  here to  try to  extend the championship lead.
 That's  where it ends for me. I'm really just looking at the moment, taking it
 race by race."
 
 Vettel, the four-time and defending F1 world champion, won in his home country
 for the first time in 2013.
 
 "Last  year was  very special,"  Vettel said.  "I had  been trying  many times
 before [to win the German GP], so it was definitely a good feeling to succeed.
 I think this should be a very good weekend."
 
 Series: Formula One. Date: Sunday, July 20. Race: German Grand Prix. Site:
 Hockenheimring. Track: 2.842-mile (4.574-kilometer), 17-turn road course.
 Start Time: 8 a.m. ET. Laps: 67. Miles: 190.4 (306.458 km). 2013 Winner:
 Sebastian Vettel. Television: CNBC.
 
 07/18 15:17:14 ET

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