Daily Archives: June 25, 2010

European Grand Prix practice in pictures

Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso topped the two Friday Practice sessions for the European Grand Prix in Valencia today. The pictures from today are available on my Flickr account here:

Normally I would just embed it on here, but WordPress won’t allow Flickr embeds, so unfortunately for today I had to settle for this, after many hours of trying to get it to work. Apologies for the inconvenience, this will be sorted out for tomorrow.

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:

Rosberg leads Valencia Friday Practice 1

Nico Rosberg led the way in FP1 in Valencia

Nico Rosberg led the way in FP1 in Valencia

Nico Rosberg headed up the first practice session for the European Grand Prix in Valencia today. He lead the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Test drivers Christian Klien and Paul di Resta also made an appearance in their HRT and Force India cars respectively.

Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault were all testing their new exhaust-driven diffusers, while Red Bull were testing their F-duct device again. after not running it in Canada.

In the first half of the session, the red flag was out, as Bruno Senna’s wing mirror came off his car, and was consequently hit by Sebastien Buemi and Heikki Kovalainen. The session was halted while the marshals cleared the debris off the track.

The track was very dusty, and therefore the times were quite slow, but it didn’t stop Rosberg topping the session with a 1.41.175. ┬áThe McLarens of Hamilton and Button were 0.16 and 0.2 seconds behind respectively. Robert Kubica did well to bring his Renault up to 4th, while Felipe Massa was an entire second behind the leaders in 5th.

The two Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber were 6th and 7th, then Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso were 8th and 9th. The two Williams cars of Barrichello and Hulkenberg were 10th and 11th. Vitaly Petrov was 12th, and Sebastien Buemi was 2.1 seconds behind Rosberg in 13th.

Vitantonio Liuzzi was 14th, with Pedro de la Rosa 15th. Paul di Resta was 16th, and only 0.06 seconds slower than Liuzzi. Kamui Kobayashi was 2.5 seconds back from the leaders in 17th, while Jaime Alguersuari was another 5 tenths slower in 18th, as the slowest of the midfield.

As expected, the Lotus of Kovalainen was the fastest of the new teams in 19th, only 3.3 seconds behind Rosberg. Timo Glock was 20th, albeit another 1.1 seconds back. Bruno Senna was another 1.5 seconds slower than that in 21st, and Jarno Trulli was 22nd. Christian Klien was 23rd, 2 tenths slower than his team-mate, despite setting only 14 laps. Lucas di Grassi filled the final spot on the timesheets.

After the dust cleared, tyre graining was the next problem. Lotus in particular was struggling with controlling the front left tyre’s wear. Jaime Alguersuari also said that his tyres were “destroyed”.

Times from FP1: