Valencia testing day 2: Alonso leads

Fernando Alonso led Day 2 of testing in Valencia

Fernando Alonso led Day 2 of testing in Valencia

Fernando Alonso led the second day of testing in Valencia, as Lotus ran their TL11 for the first time.

The session was stopped twice – once for Paul di Resta spinning early on, and the second for when Rubens Barrichello stopped out on track with an electrical problem.

Sebastien Buemi stopped near the pit lane with 15 minutes to go, and Lotus only got 15 laps in with Heikki Kovalainen, after a power steering issue. The team have said that it is a mechanical failure, and the part will have to be sent back to England for repairs.

Both Red Bull and Williams shared their cars between their drivers, though Mark Webber only got 40 minutes of driving in today.

Lewis Hamilton took distinct interest in the “massive degradation” of the Pirelli tyres, hoping that they will spice up the stretegies:

It was quite easy to get into but they’re not easy to drive. They (the tyres)
fall off quite quick and over a long run it’s interesting.

Obviously last year we had one pit stop and now the degradation is massive 
on these tyres. It might be for some people they have to do two or three pit 
stops, for example.

I didn’t actually like doing one pit stop last year, I think it wasn’t as 
exciting as it has been in the past when we did two pit stops or three pit 
stops.

So I’m hoping that we have to do a more this year, it adds a little bit 
more excitement to it.

Despite his troubles, Heikki Kovalainen was still happy with his first impressions of the TL11:

"I'm very positive. The feeling and the sensation from the car was totally 
different compared to last year.

It has a lot more potential than last year's car; it's just difficult to say 
how quick it is yet because we didn't give it a single lap to set a time. It 
(today's test) was just to check the installations. Tomorrow we will get a 
better idea."

Times from Day 2:

Pos  Driver       Team                Time             Laps
 1.  Alonso         Ferrari                1.13.307           108
 2.  Vettel         Red Bull Renault       1.13.614  0.307    43
 3.  Di Resta       Force India Mercedes   1.13.844  0.537   111 
 4.  Hamilton       McLaren Mercedes       1.14.353  1.046    83 
 5.  Kubica         Renault                1.14.412  1.105   104
 6.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1.14.645  1.338    69
 7.  Glock          Virgin Cosworth        1.15.408  2.101    34 
 8.  Barrichello    Williams Cosworth      1.16.023  2.716    51
 9.  Perez          Sauber Ferrari         1.16.198  2.891    42
10.  Maldonado      Williams Cosworth      1.16.266  2.959    29
11.  Buemi          Toro Rosso Ferrari     1.16.359  3.052    46
12.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso Ferrari     1.16.474  3.167    64
13.  Webber         Red Bull Renault       1.17.365  4.058    17
14.  Karthikeyan    HRT Cosworth           1.17.769  1.165    80 
15.  Kovalainen     Lotus Renault          1.20.649  7.342    15
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