Alonso fastest again in second practice in Valencia

2011 European GP second practice

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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54 comments on Alonso fastest again in second practice in Valencia

  1. BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th June 2011, 14:38

    Schumacher is also looking solid here again. But with the McLarens not using their DRS its shows how much there is still to get with the times.

    If Alonso was not higher fuelled they will be 3rd fastest car/team again this weekend in qualifying. For the race? Hard to tell really.

    • But with the McLarens not using their DRS its shows how much there is still to get with the times.

      Wow, is it that true? Sorry, I’m very late and didn’ watch FP2…

    • Trix said on 24th June 2011, 14:45

      If you ask me, I should not sleep in tomorrow because FP3 might be much more representative of everyone’s true form.

      But then again, I might just be trying to convince myself that it is worth getting up, logging on here for the Live feed and watching the final practice session.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 24th June 2011, 14:51

        I think it is worth getting up for that. And you will have a nice and long day in front of you :-D

        • Trix said on 24th June 2011, 15:01

          BasCB: A nice long day spent trying to secretly manage things so no one notices I’m sneaking off for an hour in the morning and then again in the middle of the afternoon.
          ‘Tis one of those weekends again! ;)

    • Fixy (@fixy) said on 24th June 2011, 17:05

      There are four teams that look close, but then as you said McLaren did not use DRS and Lewis is 2nd anyway. I hope the result will be Massa, Alonso and Schumacher!

    • DVC said on 25th June 2011, 1:13

      Schumacher’s form has been gradually (but not consistently) improving. Last race I’m sure was good for his confidence, and he and Rosberg are evenly matched this season now as a consequence. I’m hoping we’ll see a run of form as a result.

  2. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 24th June 2011, 14:39

    Sorry to say but I think Ferrari will melt away again in qualifying like in Monaco.

  3. Preekel said on 24th June 2011, 14:48

    Keith, this was not Final practice, yes its final practice of today but the real final practice is tomorrow morning!

  4. Osvaldas31 (@osvaldas31) said on 24th June 2011, 14:49

    Keith, what do you mean by saying “again” and “final practice”?

    • Preekel said on 24th June 2011, 14:52

      Yea, a slight blunder, but i dont think he will be walking round town with a face like thunder!

    • DVC said on 24th June 2011, 14:52

      It’s just part of Keith’s dedication to being the first to post a news story up every session. None of the other news sites will have their final practice story up until tomorrow, but you can read it here now!

      • Trix said on 24th June 2011, 14:58

        You can’t blame Keith for being a little mixed up in the brain bucket… He’s typing all of this out at F1 speed. :)

    • Eric said on 24th June 2011, 18:15

      Did you read the first sentence?

      • damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 25th June 2011, 7:42

        Keith, what do you mean by saying “again” and “final practice”?

        This is what he means:

        Fernando Alonso was fastest in the second practice session at Valencia for the third year in a row.

  5. Preekel said on 24th June 2011, 14:50

    I really hope the engine mapping rule slows down the Red Bull’s in Qualy 3. Would be nice to see a fight for Pole even if my man cant get it….:)

  6. Preekel said on 24th June 2011, 14:59

    Did Kovy think this was the race, 39 laps! WOW!

  7. sato113 said on 24th June 2011, 15:12

    why does Mclaren usually have the habit of doing less laps than anyone else?

    • timi said on 24th June 2011, 15:17

      Hamilton did the same number as vettel.. and button did only 1 lap less than webber..

      But anyway, I think they do less than everyone else, because as a lot of people seem to think Mclaren have a near perfect simulator. Thus, they don’t need to evaluate each new part’s performance out on track, because their simulator is just so accurate..

  8. mani said on 24th June 2011, 15:15

    Fascinating, if RedBull can’t tweak their engine mapping for Quali, then it might well be this close in Quali :) For the first time this season, I’m excited to watch Qualifying… No offense, but for a change, it may not be blistering Vettel on his one-lap hyper-fast RB7 on pole again :)

    I do accept that RedBull have better engineering department, and deserve this performance for that; but I also understand what people meant when they said, it was boring to see Micheal win all those times in that superior red car.

  9. 91jb12 (@91jb12) said on 24th June 2011, 15:21

    Looks like the FIA might get what they want. A qualy battle between a few drivers rather than Vettel vs the stopwatch.

  10. Icemangrins said on 24th June 2011, 15:33

    Raise your hand if you running out of patience to see a modified front wing in the MGP W02…. This is like 30 + races with the same profile since Brawn GP

  11. JCost (@jcost) said on 24th June 2011, 15:51

    1. How many of you want it to be sunday’s starting grid?

    2. How many of you believe it will happen?

  12. marc said on 24th June 2011, 16:08

    I am Webber an Fernando fans last year,its funny because i love the redbull racing team,but hate Vettel,because I feel like he doesnt deserverd to won last year,he just lucky Ferrari had it wrong and Webber case…well redbullracing might had something to do with it. Vettel doesnt deserverd as champion because he just lucky to have adrian newey on Redbullracing,Vettel himself doesnt have testing skills or develoing skills like Alonso has…..ANyway…I like to see Alonso to win this weekend or Webber

    • Johnny86 said on 24th June 2011, 16:25

      Not really! For me vettel has been the best driver of the season by quite a margin from 2nd best from button/alonso(being a fan of FA,i think its him in 2nd). He has made just 1 major mistake this whole season. So dont belittle his achivement. He has been awesome this year and even managed to get under Ham’s skin.
      Regarding fp2, vettel’s long run was fast and consistest,LH’s and FA’s were fast but inconsistent,probably due to traffic.

    • David-A (@david-a) said on 24th June 2011, 22:51

      Vettel deserved to win 2010 since he scored the most points. Simples.

      Oh yeah, and while Alonso had a great season, he made mistakes or lacked pace in Turkey, Belgium and Abu Dhabi. Don’t get me started on the mistakes or lack of pace shown by Webber.

  13. guest said on 24th June 2011, 16:16

    Funny order:
    Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, Red Bull-Renault, Mercedes
    followed by
    Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, Red Bull-Renault, Mercedes
    :)

  14. Nick said on 24th June 2011, 16:40

    Can anyone confirm whether Lewis was using DRS when he set his fastest lap? Thanks

    • Sasank said on 24th June 2011, 16:58

      Yes, there is no way he can do that lap without DRS especially with the two long straights.

      McLaren didn’t use DRS in the first practice as they were testing a modified rear wing, they used it in FP2.

  15. HoHum (@hohum) said on 24th June 2011, 18:00

    Hard to be sure but the last lap time I saw for Webber on primes was 2 thousandths of a second behind SVs fastest prime lap but I will have to look to the lap graphs to be sure. I reckoned that given his height and weight disadvantage it was actually a better driven lap than SVs. On the option his lap was badly baulked in the midsection, I was surprised he did not go for another lap,does this mean running on fumes or options only good for 1 lap? Please understand I only see what SpeedTV let me see.

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