F1 » European GP, Valencia - Friday free practice (combined)

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso hints at competitive qualifying session in Valencia after heading Friday free practice from Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher.

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June 24, 2011 2:58 PM

basically the same drivers in reasonably normal positions, found in practice. what is of importance is the fact that most did their final laps in race trim, and the bulls were 1 sec faster. but tomorrow, i expect pole to be in the low 36s with even the possibility of getting into the 35s. roll on quali!


June 24, 2011 3:33 PM

Schumi 7 tenths quicker than Rosberg,and both times were set on the option tyres within minutes of each other.

Now that Schumi has found his groove and is back to near his best after a great race in Canada, I would be surprised if Rosberg is ahead of him at all for the rest of the year.

The Merc looks quite competitive too, as do the Ferrair's and the McLaren to the RB's. Could be a very interesting quali tomorrow.

Go Schumi!

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 3:48 PM

This will not mean much as usual and even less considering the changes to the rules mid season. You can run whatever you want in these practice session. So NO one knows if somethings on the car today will be off during qualifying.

pitstop - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 4:49 PM

Nice to see Schumacher back up there again,lets hope he can continue this form in qualifying tomorrow and then surley that podium will be his at long last.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 4:52 PM

Pitstop... MS today said the podium is not in reach. he said the car drops off very quickly. He also said the car is OK for one lap. Nico also said with the new changes he is finding it harder to adapt. Look for a 8-10 place finish for Merc this weekend.

Duke - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 5:58 PM

Schumi is being pessimistic through his frustration at the car.Anything can happen and his frame of mind does change,we have seen it before when he was with Ferrari.
Anyway :) GO,GO SCHUMI

aldwynne - Unregistered

June 24, 2011 7:21 PM

Now who said Schumi is old and lost driving ability??IF he indeed lost some of his talent, he shouldnt be on the top 5. He is getting closer to get his first podium since returning. Once Mercedes' car can compete atleast with Ferraris', all Schumi's doubters and haters will be drooling.

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