Alonso fastest on home ground in FP2

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.283 33
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
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.650 0.367 22
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.749 0.466 24
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’39.880 0.597 28
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.947 0.664 22
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’40.020 0.737 30
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.029 0.746 27
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’40.174 0.891 33
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.287 1.004 24
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’40.387 1.104 33
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’40.618 1.335 29
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.906 1.623 34
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
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’41.371 2.088 30
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.457 2.174 36
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’42.467 3.184 31
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’42.993 3.71 30
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.811 4.528 14
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.854 4.571 27
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’44.095 4.812 24
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’44.566 5.283 21

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