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Practice Two - Alonso pips Vettel in Valencia 25 Jun 2010

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010 Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Williams FW32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010 Timo Glock (GER) Virgin Racing VR-01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Valencia Spain, Friday, 25 June 2010

Fernando Alonso made best use of Ferrari’s new aero package to set the fastest lap in the second practice session in Valencia on Friday afternoon. The local hero’s 1m 39.283s best was 0.056s faster than Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel who recorded 1m 39.339s, and 0.144s ahead of the German’s team mate Mark Webber on 1m 39.427s.

Nico Rosberg, the morning’s pacesetter, was fourth on 1m 39.650s for Mercedes, followed by Lewis Hamilton on 1m 39.749s in the better placed McLaren, Robert Kubica for Renault on 1m 39.880s and Felipe Massa, who had an adventurous afternoon on his way to 1m 39.947s.

The Brazilian spun exiting Turn Five, blocking the track and necessitating a red flag as his stalled Ferrari was craned away, but was later able to get back out and improve his previous lap times.

Adrian Sutil lapped his Force India in 1m 40.020s, which Jenson Button later just failed to match for McLaren with 1m 40.029s. Williams’ Rubens Barrichello was 10th on 1m 40.174s, ahead of Michael Schumacher on 1m 40.287s in the second Mercedes and Vitantonio Liuzzi in the second Force India on 1m 40.387s.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov was another spinner, this time in Turn 14, but took 13th place for Renault on 1m 40.618s. BMW Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa rounded out the group below 1m 41s with 1m 40.906s and 1m 40.945s respectively.

Sebastien Buemi and Jamie Alguersuari in their Toro Rossos sandwiched Nico Hulkenberg’s Williams; the Swiss lapped in 1m 41.115s, the German in 1m 41.371s and the Spaniard in 1m 41.457s.

This time Lotus were not so close to the midfield, but once again Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest of the new team representatives with 1m 42.467s, followed by team mate Jarno Trulli on 1m 42.993s.

Timo Glock had chased them hard in the Virgin and recorded 1m 43.811s before mechanical problems intervened and left him out by the side of the track, while team mate Lucas di Grassi was 22nd on 1m 43.854s. At the back, Bruno Senna led the HRT challenge with 1m 44.095s to Karun Chandhok’s 1m 44.566s.

Drivers had fewer problems than this morning getting good times out of Bridgestone’s soft compound option tyre as the track temperature was a consistent 44 degrees Celsius throughout. But the track was still very dusty and plenty of people, among them Hamilton and Vettel, ran wide in their attempts to find fast times. Hamilton was lucky to avoid Schumacher at one stage when the former champion hit the brakes to give himself a gap to the car in front, when a close-following Hamilton had assumed that he was on a fast lap.