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Alonso on top in opening practice

Ferrari and Alonso keep the momentum going, but thy are head-to-head with the Red Bulls of Webber and Vettel.
Friday, July 22, 2011

NURburgring, Germany, July 22, 2011 (AFP) - Two times world champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso topped the times for Ferrari in Friday morning's opening free practice session for this weekend's German Grand Prix.

Alonso, 30 next week, clocked a best time of one minute and 31.894 seconds round the 5.184 kms Nurburgring circuit in the Eifel mountains, outpacing nearest rival Australian Mark Webber of Red Bull by four-tenths of a second.

For Alonso and Ferrari it was confirmation of their continuing renaissance in form and speed after winning the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Webber's Red Bull team-mate defending champion and runaway leader in this year's title race German Sebastian Vettel was third fastest ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari.

Britons Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button of McLaren, the 2008 and 2009 champions respectively, were fifth and sixth ahead of Germans Nico Rosberg of Mercedes and Adrian Sutil of Force India.

Seven times champion Michael Schumacher was down in 10th place in the second Mercedes as he performed on home soil, one place behind compatriot Nico Hulkenberg who was running as the Force India test driver.

German Nick Heidfeld was fastest early on in the revised Renault before being outpaced by Rosberg, Hamilton and then Vettel before Ferrari took over to dominate the closing stages of a session run under thick cloud, but no rain.

Indian Karun Chandhok made his debut with Lotus and wound up in 21st place, one behind fellow-Indian Narain Karthikeyan who was running for Hispania again, replacing Italian Antonio Liuzzi in the morning session.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, brought into the team at Silverstone, was down in 22nd place. Below are the results:

GERMAN GRAND PRIX PRACTICE 1 TIMES (FP1)
POS No. DRIVER TEAM TIME GAP LAPS
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:31.894 30
2 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:32.217 0.323 24
3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:32.268 0.374 27
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.681 0.787 23
5 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.996 1.102 18
6 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.628 1.734 22
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.787 1.893 33
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.832 1.938 27
9 15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:33.858 1.964 26
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.863 1.969 31
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:34.094 2.200 22
12 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:35.115 3.221 23
13 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:35.371 3.477 20
14 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:35.389 3.495 24
15 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:35.444 3.550 22
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.371 4.477 22
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:36.392 4.498 29
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:36.842 4.948 29
19 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.882 4.988 27
20 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:38.504 6.610 22
21 21 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault 1:38.765 6.871 19
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:39.279 7.385 24
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:40.109 8.215 23
24 25 Jerome d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:40.428 8.534 22

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