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ESPN rounds up all the reaction from up and down the Hockenheim paddock following Friday practice for the 2016 German Grand Prix. Rene Robert Jersey .MercedesNico Rosberg: A good start to the weekend. Its great to be back here in Hockenheim at this historic track. The tarmac is old, so the way the tyres work is completely different to in Hungary where the tarmac was new. Here its much more snappy and more of a challenge. But in general our car was working well out there today. Saying that, in Hungary we were very quick on Friday but then on Saturday and Sunday everyone was very close. So, we are warned by that to not get over-excited on a Friday. Its a good start but well see more tomorrow.Lewis Hamilton: Its been a very chilled Friday. The weather has been good and the track feels great. Its the original track surface, so its nice and bumpy and has lots of character. We had a fairly straightforward two sessions today. No real surprises and a good first step for the weekend. Well see where we are in qualifying tomorrow.Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical): A good day to start the weekend, with no major issues on either side of the garage, a full programme completed and our pace looking reasonably good. The main focus has been on understanding the Soft and Supersoft tyres - particularly on long runs, to see which race strategies will make most sense on Sunday. There was a little bit of stress this afternoon with race direction concerning track limits at T1 - particularly concerning Lewis position with two reprimands already to his name - so we compromised our programme somewhat to ensure that he avoided a third. Overall, though, its great to be back at the Hockenheimring and were looking forward to a good battle in qualifying tomorrow.FerrariSebastian Vettel: Overall the outcome of the two sessions has been positive, but we still need to improve our car overnight and do some steps forward. I think the one-lap speed was ok, I havent seen much from the long runs, I have spent most of the afternoon on Soft tires and they were lasting quite long, so I think overall it was ok but we still have to improve. We have to work on the set up of the car, and bring it a bit better together, so that the car feels better for me on track and it suits my driving, then I can attack better and more. As for the new rules on radio communications, it makes it easier for us, in terms of remembering, so I think it is a straightforward decision.Kimi Raikkonen: On Friday its always difficult to have a clear idea of where you are, from tomorrow well understand more, but the session today was not too bad. For sure theres some work to be done to improve, but more or less we are about there. Obviously we want to be in the front, so this evening we are going to focus on fixing some things and improve in certain areas, then Im sure well be ok.WilliamsValtteri Bottas: Today was quite a standard Friday to be honest. Weve been doing shorter and longer runs to try out the front wings and get information on the tyres. Everything we needed to do today we managed to complete. Personally, I think we can be better than this and Im sure we can be more competitive going into tomorrow. Qualifying is going to be very close because the track here is quite short so the time differences are going to be very small.Felipe Massa: It was a very difficult Friday to be honest. I struggled to find a good balance with the car and to understand how the tyres are working around here. It also wasnt a good day in terms of laptimes as we struggled with the consistency of the tyres. Theres definitely work that we need to do ahead of FP3 and qualifying tomorrow.Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering: We concentrated on aerodynamic testing for most of the morning, focussing on the front wings in particular. We looked at the different specifications of the different front wing packages across the two cars. In the afternoon we concentrated on tyre work. Were a little bit out of position on low fuel runs.On the high fuel runs its slightly better but the fields a little bit mixed up so its very difficult to tell. Well have a clearer picture tomorrow, but I think weve probably got a bit of work to do tonight. The good thing is that the areas we need to work on are very clear. Weather wise I think its going to be a straightforward weekend and if it does rain tomorrow then it shouldnt be too heavy as far as our forecasts are showing.Red BullDaniel Ricciardo: I enjoy the track around here actually. Its cool and its got pretty good flow. The last sector is fun, but its tricky with the tyres. Youve got some tight corners which seem to be harder on the rear tyres but then the last sector has got a lot of longer corners where you can hurt the front, so trying to balance the car isnt always easy. But I felt we got on top of it more in FP2 so Im pretty happy where we are now.We looked quite close to the Mercs on high fuel so that was promising. This afternoons race stint looked really good so if we can replicate what we did then on Sunday I think we can have a strong chance in the race. Im obviously trying to keep up with all the rule changes but Ive never been too fussed really. I think if its the same rules for everyone then lets go and race and deal with what weve got.Max Verstappen: A good start to the day and weekend in general. The first session I was learning the lap with the car, we had a bit of front locking that we will hopefully get rid of tomorrow. The second session was good, definite progress from the first as I continued to learn the track and get used to the car here. Everyone knows this track is quite hard on the tyres so no real surprises there. We are not too far off Mercedes, we are matching Ferrari and the long runs were all pretty positive.We will have to wait and see how some of the rules work, from what I have heard in general it shouldnt be too bad. I think the radio rules make it nicer for the fans so they can hear what is going on and not just listen to commentary. I think the fastest way around the track is within the track limits so we will try and keep to that. I dont mind what the other drivers have said about last weekend, Im happy and confident with my driving and defending, they can talk to me if they want but I dont feel any pressure from them.Force IndiaNico Hulkenberg: I am pretty happy with today and it was a fairly straightforward start to the weekend. We ran all morning on the medium compound, which looks like a good tyre, and we worked with the soft and supersoft this afternoon. The pace looks alright and I felt pretty comfortable in the car, especially in the second session as the track improved. Theres obviously still quite a bit of work to get where we want to be, but overall its a positive start and I am looking forward to building on it.Sergio Perez: It think we were the only team to run the medium compound today alongside the soft and supersoft, which allowed us to get a lot of data about each of the three different tyres. The mediums are performing quite well, which is a bit of a welcome surprise. Its still early, but I think the weekend has a lot of potential and were in a good position to make the most of it. There are still some areas to improve when it comes to car balance, but we should be able to sort it overnight after looking at the data we collected.Robert Fernley, Deputy Team Principal: We are feeling happy with the work weve carried out carry out today, but we remain cautious because the temperatures werent as high today as what we are expecting for the rest of the weekend. We evaluated the three different tyre compounds and the updates we brought to the car for this race, and we were able to complete our programme without any issue. The drivers were happy with the balance of the car right from the start, so we were able to concentrate on fine-tuning the set-up to get the most performance out of the VJM09. In the end, we got some positive feedback and thats always good.RenaultJolyon Palmer: This morning was pretty easy for me as I wasnt in the car so this afternoon was pretty full. We ran a good number of laps in the afternoon - the joint highest tally - but its fair to say we still have some improvements to be made with the car. The good thing is we have a lot of data and as we saw in Budapest it is possible to unlock quite a bit more pace.Kevin Magnussen: I completed plenty of laps today and we didnt have any issues with the car, which is always promising. We do have a few areas to work on but we did make decent progress through the day. We can make some improvements on how we use the supersoft tyre and with our brake balance too. Thats all part of the work we do on Friday then overnight ahead of tomorrows final practice and qualifying.Esteban Ocon: We managed to go through all the test items we were supposed to do and Im happy with my performance throughout the session. I was the same speed as Kevin which is very promising; I was quite pleased with that. We had a little issue with the power steering but didnt lose much time because of that; I think it went well overall.Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer: A good days work. We completed a promising run programme with plenty of laps from all three drivers. We finished pretty much all of our planned assessments which means we have all the information we require to make an educated decision on direction for qualifying tomorrow and the race on Sunday.Toro RossoCarlos Sainz: It was good to drive here for the first time with an F1 car - it was obviously quite challenging, but I enjoyed it. The conditions out there today were tricky, especially with the wind that picked-up during this afternoons FP2 and there was also a bit less grip on track. We dont look too bad here, but we still need to keep finding time - I think the others could improve massively for tomorrow and we have to make sure we do the same. Its very competitive out there and the long straights dont make it easy for us, but this doesnt mean we wont stop working on it! Im feeling positive and I look forward to the rest of the weekend.Daniil Kvyat: It was quite a clean Friday, something we had been missing for a while, so we definitely have a good baseline for the rest of the weekend. Of course, we still have a few bits and pieces to digest and to correct for tomorrow and if we do it right we should get better and better. I felt quite good in the car and I enjoy driving here, its a pleasant track from the good old days.Phil Charles, Chief Race Engineer: We fitted a new aero package today and as usual this requires some specific and dedicated runs to confirm it performs as expected. I am pleased to say that so far all the analysis done has given green lights - although, as always, we will need some time to really tweak and optimise around what the package brings us - and that was true between FP1 and FP2 today. In terms of our performance, I think it is again very tight in the mid pack and I had perhaps hoped to be a little more competitive here than we are.It is no secret that we have tended to rank a little on the low side recently in the speed trap rankings and this has been a significant source of lap time loss to our competitors today. Unfortunately, this has become quite a recurrent pattern as other power units have received upgrades in recent races. As a result, todays setup work has focused somewhat on trying to maximise performance around what the new package brings us, but also to get a good compromise of a raceable package from an overtaking point of view for Sunday, without compromising cornering performance. Daniil has performed relatively well today after taking a new direction on the setup side - I am hopeful this will pay dividends tomorrow and on Sunday as well.SauberFelipe Nasr: It was a difficult day for me. I did not feel comfortable in the car. The handling as well as the driveability of the car is quite weak at the moment. We were not able to get the tyres to work properly, likewise with the set-up of the car. We will look into different areas of the car to understand where the issues come from. We need to sort it out for the rest of the weekend.Marcus Ericsson: Its been a decent Friday. I was able to run a good amount of laps in both sessions. We tried the new rear wing again in FP1, and finally see the numbers we want to. We will continue with our indepth analysis, but it seems to be a step forward. We also plan to keep this rear wing for the rest of this weekend, which is a positive sign. Lets see where we stand tomorrow.McLarenFernando Alonso:?It was a nice way to celebrate my birthday here with the team - we spend 200 days a year alongside each other, so that was a fantastic feeling. I now need to focus on the weekend and help improve our pace a little. We felt competitive straight away in the first session -- more than in the second, where we lost some performance. But we might need to go back on some set-up changes and find a way to improve the car for tomorrow.For this weekend, we need to be realistic: there are three teams that are a little bit quicker than everyone else, then, behind them, theres a close fight. If we want to beat our direct competitors, we need to get everything right - but thats likely to prove a little more difficult than it did in Hungary. Still, Id hope and expect that we can score points on Sunday.Jenson Button:I was driving down the pit straight when I got something in my eye. It wasnt stuck in my eye, but it was a foreign body, which the hospital washed out and removed. It scratched my eye, so Ive been given some eyedrops - but all is good. I dont know what it was - maybe a piece of carbon dust, which has happened to me before.The session was okay - the car didnt feel too bad at all - but I had to stop early because of the problem. The aim for the remainder of the weekend is to be up there behind the top three teams.Eric Boullier, McLaren Racing Director:?Its not been the smoothest of days for us today. Neither Jenson nor Fernando really found the perfect balance, and there were a handful of minor issues that affected progress on both sides of the garage. Nevertheless, we think weve found a pretty good baseline to carry forward for the remainder of the weekend, and well be digging through the data this evening to ensure that we hit the ground running tomorrow morning.Obviously, it was the right decision that Jenson went for a check-up on his eye. He complained of an irritation in his left eye during one of his FP2 runs, and chose to visit the circuit medical centre for a check-up. He was then transferred to a local hospital for a more detailed analysis, and its there that the doctors removed a small foreign body from his eye.Its not been the smoothest of days for us today. Neither Jenson nor Fernando really found the perfect balance, and there were a handful of minor issues that affected progress on both sides of the garage.Nevertheless, we think weve found a pretty good baseline to carry forward for the remainder of the weekend, and well be digging through the data this evening to ensure that we hit the ground running tomorrow morning. Obviously, it was the right decision that Jenson went for a check-up on his eye. He complained of an irritation in his left eye during one of his FP2 runs, and chose to visit the circuit medical centre for a check-up. He was then transferred to a local hospital for a more detailed analysis, and its there that the doctors removed a small foreign body from his eye.Yusuke Hasegawa, Honda R&D Co Ltd Head of F1 Project & Executive Chief Engineer:?Todays free practice sessions ran smoothly for the most part. Jenson had a minor eye irritation during FP2, but thankfully after a precautionary hospital check a foreign body was removed. Our testing programme today focused on both the power unit and chassis set-ups to suit the nature of this power-orientated track.It is Hondas first outing at the Hockenheimring so our engineers were busy in both sessions to fine-tune the power units characteristics, but thanks to some trouble-free running, we were able to accumulate and refine a good amount of data. As usual, Fridays are busy for the team to ready the car for tomorrows qualifying, and we look forward to what the engineers will bring to the table.ManorPascal Wehrlein: We made some progress today. To begin with, my fastest lap time was on the soft tyres, so the lap time wasnt representative, but in second practice we were on the same strategy as everyone else and we arent far off the guys around us, so its a good sign. I hope we can improve for tomorrow. I really want to deliver a good job overall this weekend.Rio Haryanto: Coming to the Hockenheimring, we knew it would be challenging, but we are close to the cars around us and everything we have achieved today was pretty much as we expected. We will look at the data tonight and do our best in qualifying tomorrow. I think the tyre choice will be a challenge. Looking at the long runs today, it seems that the two tyre compounds are working very differently.Dave Ryan, Racing Director: A reasonably positive first day today. We managed to get a good read on the cars and now its a case of evaluating the data and deciding how best to tackle tomorrow. We appear to be fairly competitive versus the cars around us; its looking pretty close and another 0.2s would put us up to P16 based on how things stand this afternoon.HaasEsteban Gutierrez: It was a productive afternoon. We managed to complete our full program and got the most out of the time we had on track. Considering that Romain couldnt go out, it was good that we switched the plan to run the two compounds on longer runs which gathered important information for the race. Were happy with the mileage and tests we carried out and now we need to analyze all the data in order for us to optimize everything we can for tomorrow.Romain Grosjean: We tried a few things today, taking the time to assess the track as a new venue for us. We focused on understanding how the tires work here. Unfortunately, we had our issue in the afternoon so we couldnt do a long run, which is a bit of a shame. Theres plenty of work to be done tonight, including a few things were still investigating. We managed to try a few setups. Hopefully for tomorrow, well pick up the best option.Charles Leclerc: Its always amazing to be back in the Haas Formula One car. It was a good session. We did many laps with two new sets of softs and then a race simulation for 15 laps. So, it was many laps and a lot of experience. I learned a lot, so all good. Every time I jump in the car I have more confidence. Its only the third time I go in it. The car that feels less and less normal is the GP3 car because getting back to the GP3 car is a really big difference. Haas F1 Team is doing a great job. Its only their first year in Formula One. Its crazy what theyre doing for their first year in Formula One. Im really impressed by them. They will just keep improving, Im sure.Guenther Steiner, Team Principal: A very solid and standard FP1. Charles did a very good job in his third FP1 for us and we would like to thank him for that. Romain completed everything we needed to do this morning and we got all the data required. In the afternoon, Esteban was back in the car and was quickly up to speed working with the data collaborated earlier from Charles. We were going to split the work on the tires but, unfortunately, we had a water pipe break on Romains car and we had to stop him from going back out. Esteban stepped in and ran the test for both types of tires. Overall, we managed to get all the data we needed for tomorrow for FP3 and qualifying. Hopefully, well come back stronger in the morning.PirelliPaul Hembery, Pirelli Motorsport Director: With the drivers not having been to Hockenheim for a couple of years, today was really all about reacquainting themselves with the track and collecting data that was relevant to the current performance levels of the 2016 cars and tyres. Despite some changeable and slippery conditions - especially in the morning - the teams generally achieved their objectives and weve got a lot of data to look at now. Its clear that the supersoft enjoys quite a notable performance advantage here, so naturally the teams have concentrated a lot on that, as well as maximising the opportunities offered by the soft tyres. However, theres still quite a lot of learning and analysis still to be done. Adam Foote Jersey . Perhaps Carroll was so prepared for a break because he believes there is very little the Seattle Seahawks need heading into the off-season. "I dont see anything that we need to add. We just have to get better," Carroll said. Jonathan Bernier Jersey . The winner Saturday will remain in the elite 10-team field next year. "We talked about wanting to be disciplined and stick with our game plan and good things will come," Draisaitl said, who had two goals for the victors. http://www.authentichockeyshopavalanche.com/Carl-Soderberg-Jersey/ .Y. -- Canadas Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse have another World Cup gold medal after winning the two-women bobsled race on Saturday in Lake Placid, N. LOS ANGELES -- UCLA followed up its upset victory at then-No. 1 Kentucky in a big way.The second-ranked Bruins clamped down on defense in the second half to beat Michigan 102-84 on Saturday night in front of 13,571, the first sellout at Pauley Pavilion in nearly four years.T.J. Leaf scored 21 points, fellow freshman Lonzo Ball added 19 and UCLA (10-0) held the Wolverines to 34 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes after playing to a 50-all tie in the first half. While their defense improved, so did the Bruins offense. They shot 74 percent in the second half.We really got smacked in the mouth in the first half, Leaf said. In the second half we had a different mindset and established what we wanted to do out there instead of letting them do what they wanted.Both teams shot over 60 percent from the floor in the first half.Of the Wolverines 19 made baskets, 12 were 3-pointers. The Bruins made 10 3-pointers, with Ball making all four of his attempts. His last one from midway between the 3-point and half court lines pulled UCLA into a 50-all tie at halftime.Every shot I take I expect to make it, Ball said. I was in rhythm in the first half.Late in the half, the Wolverines outscored UCLA 15-2, including three 3-pointers, to take a 48-41 lead. The Bruins managed to tie it up on 3-pointers by Isaac Hamilton, Aaron Holiday and Ball.Theyre really good with five guys that can hurt you, Michigan coach John Beilein said. We probably wont see a team that has five guys that can attack and hurt you. In our league we may have three guys.Bryce Alford added 18 points and Aaron had 17 for the Bruins, who made 15 3-pointers, just off the school-record 18 they had in winning their season opener against Pacific. Holiday hit all five of his 3-point attempts.The Bruins topped 100 points for the fourth time this season.Were starting to put on a show for people and word of mouth is starting to spread, Alford said.Zak Irvin scored 18 points to lead the Wolverines (7-3). They were limited to just two 3-pointers in the second half.Were really good going into halftime knowing what we did wrong and making adjustments, and thats what we did, Alford said.Michigan got within five for the last time with just under eight minutes to go. UCLA went on a 17-6 run, getting 3-pointers from Holiday and Alford (two), to go up 94-78 and put the game away.We reaally executed, but we ran out of gas in the second half, forward D. Blake Comeau Jersey. . Wilson said. We had some blow-byes and our defense just kind of gave up.The Wolverines were limited to three field goals over the final seven minutes.POLL IMPLICATIONSPlaying just once during finals week, the Bruins should stay at No. 2. They could have moved up to the top spot, but No. 1 Villanova rallied from an 11-point deficit to beat 23rd-ranked Notre Dame 74-66.BIG PICTUREMichigan: The Wolverines defense took a beating. They came in giving up 58.2 points per game and had allowed 60 or fewer points in five of their previous nine games. They had forced 13 turnovers per game (UCLA had eight) and had blocked 24 shots, but didnt have any blocks Saturday.UCLA: The Bruins are in the midst of a series of stiff challenges. A week ago, they upset then-No. 1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena to zoom nine spots to their highest ranking since November 2007. After hosting UC Santa Barbara next week, they face Ohio State in Las Vegas on Dec. 17. Theyre 2-0 against Big Ten schools so far.INJURED BIG MANThomas Welsh, UCLAs 7-foot center, was a late scratch from the starting lineup with a bruised right knee hurt in practice. Its not serious, but hes questionable for Wednesdays game. G.G. Goloman, a junior from Hungary, earned his first career start in Welshs place and fouled out with six points and two rebounds in 10 minutes. Welsh averages 11.1 points and 9.6 rebounds.NEW `DOBall showed up with a new haircut, considerably shorter than his old style.Its just time to start over, press the re-set button, he said. I had it like this in high school a long time.FACES IN THE CROWDActor Vince Vaughn waved a blue-and-gold pompom, former UCLA coach Steve Lavin and former Bruins star Baron Davis were among the first sellout crowd of the season. 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