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Alonso fastest on day of chaos in Canada (FP2)

Vettel improved for the 2nd best and Massa registered the 3rd best time. Ferrari looks strong.
Friday, June 10, 2011

MONTREAL, Canada, June 10, 2011 (AFP) - Two-times world champion Fernando Alonso topped the times for Ferrari after Friday's incident and crash-hit practice sessions for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was fastest with a best lap of one minute and 15.107 seconds, ahead of nearest rival and defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull.

Vettel, 23, showed remarkable speed and resilience in the afternoon session after walking away unhurt from a 120 kph crash during the morning session.

His was the first of three accidents that brought out the red flags to halt the action during the day as the drivers struggled to come to terms with the demands of the challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Vettel lost control of his car over the kerbs at the final chicane where he flew off into the 'wall of champions', so called because it has been the scene of accidents for an illustrious list of drivers.

He severely damaged the front right wheel of his car, but it was not to be a novel sight as Japanese Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber and Belgian Jerome D'Ambrosio of Virgin similarly damaged their machines in collisions with the barriers at turn four.

Adrian Sutil of Force India also suffered a heavy collision, but like the others was able to walk away unhurt.

Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Brazilian Felipe Massa was third-fastest, endorsing the competitive speed the team has on this circuit this weekend, ahead of the two McLarens of Britons Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion, and Jenson Button, champion of 2009.

Another rookie Paul di Resta of Force India was an impressive sixth ahead of Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Australian Mark Webber and Russian Vitaly Petrov of Renault.

Nick Heidfeld was ninth behind Petrov in the second Renault and Brazilian veteran Rubens Barrichello 10th for Williams on a day when his former Ferrari partner seven-times champion German Michael Schumacher, 42, was left behind in 20th position for Mercedes.

Mexican rookie Sergio Perez, 21, who crashed heavily at the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago, did 27 laps in the morning session, but then pulled out saying he felt unwell.

He had suffered severe concussion in Monte Carlo and the team decided not to take any risks with his health and promptly replaced him with McLaren's test and reserve driver Spanish veteran Pedro de la Rosa in the afternoon.

CANADIAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 2 TIMES (FP2)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:15.107   34
2 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:15.476 0.369 29
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.601 0.494 33
4 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.977 0.870 26
5 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.989 0.882 25
6 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:16.089 0.982 34
7 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:16.102 0.995 28
8 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:16.324 1.217 32
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:16.422 1.315 32
10 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:16.687 1.580 28
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.905 1.798 16
12 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:16.941 1.834 39
13 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:17.051 1.944 32
14 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:17.684 2.577 34
15 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.757 2.650 20
16 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:18.470 3.363 33
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:18.482 3.375 38
18 17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.536 3.429 14
19 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:18.601 3.494 38
20 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:19.209 4.102 28
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:19.810 4.703 25
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:20.284 5.177 31
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:20.311 5.204 38
24 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:20.922 5.815 26

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