Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011

Alonso fastest again in second practice in Valencia

2011 European GP second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Valencia, 2011

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???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.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’37.968 35
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.195 0.227 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.265 0.297 31
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.315 0.347 30
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.443 0.475 32
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.483 0.515 30
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.531 0.563 26
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.981 1.013 33
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1’39.040 1.072 35
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.586 1.618 27
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.626 1.658 31
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’40.020 2.052 34
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1’40.301 2.333 34
14 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.363 2.395 7
15 18 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.454 2.486 32
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.531 2.563 37
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.083 4.115 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1’42.156 4.188 39
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1’42.239 4.271 25
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’42.273 4.305 21
21 25 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’42.809 4.841 36
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1’44.460 6.492 29
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’46.906 8.938 16
24 19 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso No time 0

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