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Local favourite Alonso on top in second practice

Hamilton and Vettel followed with the 2nd and 3rd best times.
Friday, June 24, 2011

VALENCIA, Spain, June 24, 2011 (AFP) - Local hero Fernando Alonso gave his home fans something to cheer on Friday when he topped the times in second free practice ahead of Sunday's European Grand Prix.

The 29-year-old two-times champion clocked a best time of one minute 37.968 seconds round the Mediterranean street circuit, a lap that was good enough to
lift him two-tenths of a second clear of nearest rival Lewis Hamilton of McLaren. "A reasonable start," said Ferrari on their Twitter feed. "Let's see if we can build on this day."

Hamilton, the 26-year-old 2008 champion, showed plenty of his characteristic flair and aggression as he pushed hard to erase any lingering bad memories of his experiences at the last two Grands Prix in Monaco and Montreal.

Defending champion and runaway leader this year Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in his Red Bull, just a shade off Hamilton's pace, but fast enough to
keep him ahead of compatriot and seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, 42, in his Mercedes.

Brazilian Felipe Massa was fifth quickest in the second Ferrari ahead of Briton Jenson Button, the 2009 champion who won the Canadian Grand Prix two
weeks ago for McLaren.

Mark Webber was seventh in the second Red Bull - the Australian had been quickest in the morning session.

Nico Rosberg of Mercedes was eighth ahead of fellow-German Nick Heidfeld who outpaced his Renault team-mate Vitaly Petrov by taking ninth place ahead
of him in 10th.

The session was run in dry and hot conditions under a blue sky and, after the spectacular carnage in Canada, produced few major incidents and accidents.
Vettel was fastest early on ahead of Webber, but as the session unfolded a series of drivers took charge - Rosberg, then Webber, Vettel again, Hamilton
and, finally, Alonso, who was able to reduce his time to create a cushion at the head of the field.

Here are the results:

EUROPEAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 2 TIMES (FP2)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.968 35
2 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.195 0.227 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:38.265 0.297 31
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.315 0.347 30
5 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.443 0.475 32
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.483 0.515 30
7 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:38.531 0.563 26
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.981 1.013 33
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:39.040 1.072 35
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:39.586 1.618 27
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.626 1.658 31
12 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:40.020 2.052 34
13 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:40.301 2.333 34
14 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:40.363 2.395 7
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:40.454 2.486 32
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.531 2.563 37
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.083 4.115 34
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:42.156 4.188 39
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:42.239 4.271 25
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.273 4.305 21
21 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.809 4.841 36
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:44.460 6.492 29
23 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:46.906 8.938 16
24 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari No time 0

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