Alonso heads Valencia Friday Practice 2

Fernando Alonso topped FP2 for the European Grand Prix today

Fernando Alonso topped FP2 for the European Grand Prix today

Fernando Alonso topped the second Friday Practice session for the European Grand Prix in Valencia. He was ahead of the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber, followed by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The track had cleared up, so lap times were considerably quicker this afternoon.

Again, like FP1, the red flags were out, this time after Felipe Massa spun to a halt at Turn 5. He was able to rejoin later, after his car had been brought back to the pits. Also, Vitaly Petrov spun at Turn 14, and spent a lot of time selecting reverse gear to get out of the way of the cars behind. Lewis Hamilton and both Red Bull drivers ran wide on the exit kerb of Turns 19 and 20. Several drivers ran wide at Turn 1.

At the end of the session, Hamilton and Schumacher nearly collided at the final corner. Schumacher had backed off to make space for himself, and didn’t notice Hamilton behind. Lewis was forced to dodge and swerve left, shaking his hand at Schumacher as he did so.

Behind the top 5, Robert Kubica was again on good form in 6th, ahead of Felipe Massa. Adrian Sutil was 8th, ahead of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello to finish off the top 10. Michael Schumacher was a full second off the pace in 11th, while Vitantonio Liuzzi was again beaten by his team-mate in 12th. Vitaly Petrov was 13th, and the two Saubers of Kobayashi and De la Rosa were 14th and 15th. Sebastien Buemi was 16th, Nico Hulkenberg 17th, while Jaime Alguersuari was again the slowest of the midfield, albeit only 2.1 second slower than Alonso.

The two Lotus drivers of Kovalainen and Trulli were 19th and 20th, with Heikki only 3.1 seconds slower than the fastest lap of the session. Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi were 4.5 seconds off the pace in 21st and 22nd, while Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok filled up the back row.

Times from FP2:

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