Button on the pace in Germany

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Updated: July 21, 2012

Jenson Button was fastest and teammate Lewis Hamilton second as McLaren dominated practice at a wet German Grand Prix on Friday while Michael Schumacher emerged unscathed from an embarrassing crash.

Button and Hamilton both set their times in the morning practice as heavy rain played havoc with the afternoon practice which ended with Schumacher bringing out the red flags.

Pastor Maldonado was fastest for Williams in the second session although the Venezuelan was more than 10 seconds behind Button’s time in the first.

Seven-times world champion Schumacher lost control of his car on turn 12 and the vehicle spun out of control across the grass into the barriers in front of the Mercedes stand.

Schumacher emerged unscathed but looking decidedly uncomfortable. He then watched the marshals as they lifted his Mercedes onto a crane.

The session ended at that point, although most of the fans had already left the stands by then looking for somewhere drier.

1. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:16.595
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:17.093
3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:17.370
4. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:17.382
5. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:17.413
6. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:17.599
7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:17.915
8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:17.995
9. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:18.020
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:18.130