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Alonso ends Friday practice for the European GP on top

Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso tops second practice in Valencia, closely followed by Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber.
F1 2005 and F1 2006 world champion Fernando Alonso was fastest Friday in practice for this weekend's European Grand Prix at Valencia in Spain.

Alonso was quickest throughout much of the second session in his Ferrari F10 and in the end his best time, a 1 minute 39.283 seconds, was just enough to keep him ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who was just 0.056 seconds slower.

Vettel meanwhile, like Alonso, also had a good session and so too did his team-mate Mark Webber, who was third, one tenth further back in the other Renault-powered RB6.

Vettel and Webber both had moments at Turn 12 along with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and FP1 pace setter, Nico Rosberg. Rosberg came in fourth in the second session for Mercedes, on a 1m 39.650s, just ahead of Hamilton, Robert Kubica's Renault and the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

Massa was the last man in the 1m 39s, and it was a good effort from the Brazilian, who spun out early on at turn 5 and brought out the second red flag of the day when he stalled his F10. He missed around 30 minutes as a result, but got out on track later on after his car had been returned to the pits.

Adrian Sutil, who was back behind the wheel of his Force India after tester Paul di Resta drove it in FP1, was next up in eighth, just 0.009 seconds ahead of Jenson Button's McLaren.

Rubens Barrichello rounded out the top ten for Williams, followed by record-breaking multiple F1 world champion Michael Schumacher, Force India's Vitantionio Liuzzi and F1 2010 rookie Vitaly Petrov.

Further down the order, Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa were 14th and 15th, ahead of Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari, in 16th and 18th, sandwiching the Williams of Nico Hulkenberg.

Of the new teams, Lotus were best, Heikki Kovalainen half a second up on Jarno Trulli in the sister car. Both though were more than a second off 18th – and more than 3 seconds off the ultimate pace.

Virgin's Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi trailed the Lotus' in 21st and 22nd, with the Hispania's at the rear, Bruno Senna five tenths up on Karun Chandhok.

To see the full times from the European Grand Prix - Free Practice 2: CLICK HERE.

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