Fernando Alonso was the fastest man in second practice at Valencia for the second year in a row.
The Ferrari driver led the two Red Bulls, followed by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
For the second session in a row the red flags came out. This time they were caused by Felipe Massa, who spun to a halt at the exit of turn five. He was able to re-join after his car had been taken back to the pits.
Timo Glock also came to a halt in the session with a broken hear, but he wasn’t able to continue.
Renault’s Vitaly Petrov spun at turn 14 and had to reverse back into a position where he could continue.
He was one of several drivers to make a mistake on the slippery track. Once again there were several mistakes at turn one with drivers taking to the escape road.
The fast turns 19 and 20 were also proving a challenge, with Michael Schumacher and Adrian Sutil both catching high-speed drifts in the middle of the corners. Others, including Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bull drivers, bumped along the exit kerb. All treated the newly-installed artificial grass with caution.
Hamilton and Schumacher came close to colliding in the dying moments of the session. Hamilton, on a flying lap, caught Schumacher at the final corner, the Mercedes driver having backed off as he in turn had caught another car. Hamilton had to dodge left to avoid hitting the Mercedes and shook his hand at his rivals car as he went past.
The top three in the second session were completely different from those in the first. Ferrari looked strong from the beginning of second practice, Alonso and Massa immediately lapping faster than the best times from this morning’s session. Although the Red Bulls usurped them at the top of he times sheets for a while, Alonso claimed the place back.
|2||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’39.339||0.056||27|
|3||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’39.427||0.144||29|
|8||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’40.020||0.737||30|
|12||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1’40.387||1.104||33|
|15||22||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber-Ferrari||1’40.945||1.662||30|
|16||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’41.115||1.832||35|
|18||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’41.457||2.174||36|
|22||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1’43.854||4.571||27|
2010 European Grand Prix
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- Di Grassi shines (Virgin race review)
- Double finish at home (HRT race review)
- Buemi slips to ninth (STR race review)