Alonso tops second practice in Valencia

June.24 – The local boy Fernando Alonso pleased with his second practice fastest time for the European GP in Valencia. The Ferrari pilot made good use of a run with the softer Pirelli tyres to finish in first place with a time of 1m37.968s, the Spaniard outpacing McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by over two tenths of a second. The Championship leader Sebastian Vettel had to clear up for third place ahead of the seven time world champion Michael Schumacher and the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa, who done a promising day for the Maranello squad.

2009 world champion Jenson Button, under attack with the rear end of his car, finished in sixth, with this morning’s pace-setter Mark Webber down in seventh over half a second behind Alonso.

The Brazilian Massa came close to matching the speed set by Webber in first practice right at the start of the afternoon session, the Brazilian moving to the top of times with a 1m40.857s, but he was outpaced by team-mate Alonso a moment later as the Spaniard posted the fastest time of the weekend up until that point – 1m40.492s.

Renault GP’s Nick Heidfeld was the first man to try the softer rubber with 40 minutes to go, the Renault driver making a 1.5-second improvement over his time with the medium tyres, moving to first place by nearly seven tenths of a second. Heidfeld’s moment in the sun last just a couple of minutes, however, as Webber also put on a set of soft tyres to post a 1m38.531s to go quickest ahead of Nico Rosberg, also on softs. Vettel was next up with the softer rubber, the world champion going fastest by 0.266 seconds over Webber… More Follow

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