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Practice Two - Alonso ahead at Hockenheim 23 Jul 2010

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F10.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 23 July 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 23 July 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 23 July 2010 Pedro De La Rosa (ESP) BMW Sauber C29.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 23 July 2010 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/25.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Practice Day, Hockenheim, Germany, Friday, 23 July 2010

A pattern finally began to emerge as the track dried out at Hockenheim on Friday afternoon, though conditions were still greasy and challenging.

Fernando Alonso pushed Ferrari to the fore with a lap of 1m 16.265s, but Sebastian Vettel was right on his tail for Red Bull with 1m 16.294s and their respective team mates Felipe Massa and Mark Webber were in touch with 1m 16.438s and 1m 16.585s. Just for good measure, the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were also in the zone, with 1m 16.827s and 1m 16.971s apiece.

If Force India’s Adrian Sutil was the hero of the morning, that accolade was reserved for Lewis Hamilton in this session. He sat it out for all but the final 12 minutes as his McLaren was repaired around another new ‘blown’ diffuser floor, and in four laps he recorded a time of 1m 17.808s which all but equalled what team mate Jenson Button had done in 31 laps, 1m 17.739s. But where Button did not improve and thus finished 15th overall between the Force Indias, Hamilton trimmed down to 1m 17.004s to jump up to seventh, fractions ahead of Robert Kubica’s 1m 17.009s best for Renault.

Williams’ strong form continued, with Rubens Barrichello ninth ahead of team mate Nico Hulkenberg, on 1m 17.056s and 1m 17.204s each.

Kamui Kobayashi might have done better than 1m 17.336s for BMW Sauber but had Alonso impede him as the Spaniard started the build up to a fast lap while the Japanese was attempting to link one to another.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov ran ahead of team mate Kubica for much of the session but ended it 12th on 1m 17.547s, just ahead of Pedro de la Rosa’s 1m 17.573s in the second BMW Sauber. Then came Sutil on 1m 17.701s and his team mate Vitantonio Liuzzi on 1m 17.871s, sandwiching Button. It’s likely that all three were focusing on race work after those times made them quick early in the session.

Sebastien Buemi put his Toro Rosso 17th on 1m 18.147s, comfortably clear of team mate Jaime Alguersuari on 1m 19.327s.

In the newbies’ stakes, Virgin had the upper hand courtesy of Timo Glock who ran Alguersuari close with 1m 19.553s. Jarno Trulli’s best for Lotus was 1m 20.008s before his car stopped with a mechanical problem, then came Lucas di Grassi on 1m 20.106s for Virgin and Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 20.377s as the Finn retrieved his T127 from Fairuz Fauzy who ran it this morning.

At the back, Bruno Senna lapped his HRT in 1m 21.988s, with Sakon Yamamoto last on 1m 23.066s in the sister F110.

There were several minor incidents when the track was at its worst in the early stages, as Sutil, Liuzzi, Vettel, Schumacher and Barrichello either spun or ran wide, while Rosberg damaged the front wing of his Mercedes when he clipped a marker cone in Turn One.