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Practice Two - Alonso and Buemi spring a surprise 16 Oct 2009

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 16 October 2009 Sebastien Buemi (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR4.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 16 October 2009 (L to R): Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota with team mate Kamui Kobayashi (JPN) Toyota.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 16 October 2009 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Brawn Grand Prix BGP 001.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Brazilian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, 16 October 2009

Sebastien Buemi appeared to have the fastest time in the bag as the second practice session drew to a close in Interlagos on Friday afternoon, but Fernando Alonso had other ideas and banged in a lap of 1m 12.314s for Renault to depose the Toro Rosso driver.

Buemi's 1m 12.357s held up for second fastest, as Mark Webber and Rubens Barrichello vaulted past Jenson Button in the closing minutes. The Australian lapped his Red Bull in 1m 12.514s to beat the Englishman's 1m 12.523s for Brawn, but the Brazilian's 1m 12.459s aced them both as he moved up to third in the second BGP001.

Jarno Trulli was sixth for Toyota in 1m 12.605s as morning pacesetter Sebastian Vettel managed 1m 12.611s in the second Red Bull. Nico Rosberg was eighth for Williams with 1m 12.633s with Adrian Sutil ninth for Force India on 1m 12.720s. Lewis Hamilton completed the top 10 with 1m 12.749s for McLaren, ahead of Romain Grosjean on 1m 12.806s in the Renault and Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber on 1m 12.862s.

The performance of the session came from rookie Kamui Kobayashi, who lapped his Toyota in an excellent 1m 12.869s for 13th place, ahead of fellow countryman Kazuki Nakajima on 1m 12.929s for Williams. Kobayashi may well have done enough to stake his claim to a regular seat with the team for 2010.

BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld was 15th on 1m 12.948s ahead of Force India's Tonio Liuzzi on 1m 12.950s, while McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen completed the sub-1m 13s runners with 1m 12.992s.

Kimi Raikkonen was 18th on 1m 13.026s for Ferrari, who had a disappointing afternoon as Giancarlo Fisichella was 20th on 1m 13.275s after his F60 developed a technical problem and stopped on the exit to the pit lane. The two red cars sandwiched Jaime Alguersuari, who posted 1m 13.041s in the second Toro Rosso.