Fernando Alonso was fastest in the second practice session at Valencia for the third year in a row.
Alonso was the first man to lap the 5.4km circuit in under 1’38s this weekend.
The Red Bull drivers were fastest in the first half the session, Sebastian Vettel keeping a few tenths in hand over Mark Webber.
The drivers switched to soft tyres in the second half of the session. The McLaren and Mercedes drivers rose rapidly up the order, Lewis Hamilton taking the fastest time.
But Alonso found two-tenths of a second to beat Hamilton’s effort despite a heavy lock-up in the final corner.
Michael Schumacher made it four different cars in the top four, lapping within four-tenths of a second of Alonso.
The two Renaults also got under the 1’40s mark, completing the top ten.
Paul di Resta only made it out of the pits with ten minutes remaining as his car was prepared following Nico H?ā??lkenberg’s crash in first practice.
But that was more than Jaime Alguersuari managed – he spent the entire session in the pits with a technical problem.
2011 European Grand Prix
- 2011 European Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Vote for your driver of the European GP weekend
- Red Bull: “Rules changed but not the result”
- Ferrari: Alonso says Red Bull up to a second faster
- McLaren: Only third-fastest in Valencia
- Mercedes: Schumacher takes blame for collision
- Toro Rosso: Alguersuari bounces back
- Sauber: Perez nearly grabs a point with one-stopper
- Renault: Boullier unhappy with single point
- Force India: Sutil cracks the top ten