Mercedes and Ferrari top Valencia practice

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Saturday 26th June, 2010 - 10:49am

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Fernando Alonso at the Valencia street track

Fernando Alonso at the Valencia street track

Mercedes and Ferrari have ended the first day of practice at the European Grand Prix on top of the time sheets.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the honours in the opening session before home-town hero Fernando Alonso gave the local fans some hope when he topped the second session.

Alonso is competing this weekend in a heavily-revised Ferrari and hopes that it can resurrect his title challenge.

“Together with Felipe (Massa), we worked on the development of new technical solutions, but it is hard to say how much we have improved compared to the others,” Alonso said.

“The F10 has turned out to be easy to drive and competitive in every situation, both with low and high fuel loads, but it is too early to say where we are.

“This morning, the McLarens were very quick, the Red Bulls are always on front running pace and even Mercedes and Renault are very close. However, our only aim is to be ahead of everyone, otherwise we wouldn’t be Ferrari.”

Red Bull Racing was the surprise in the second session with Sebastian Vettel second and Mark Webber third. With the team not expected to be quite as competitive on the Valencia street track, both RBR drivers looked strong while continuing to trial the F-Duct aerodynamic system.

Webber, who was on place behind Vettel is both sessions, said that his practice program ran smoothly.

“We had a good Friday program with no interruptions and evaluated the tyres and the F-duct which we will look into tonight – as we all know it’s not without its challenges getting that thing working,” he said.

“The track changed a lot this afternoon, the conditions were moving around a bit. But a very productive day for us. The car ran faultlessly and was pretty comfortable.”

Qualifying will be held at 10pm tonight (Australian EST). The session will be broadcast on ONE HD at 12.30am (check your local guides).

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired
1 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:41.175
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.339
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.383
4 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:41.715
5 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:42.182
6 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:42.216
7 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:42.275
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:42.312
9 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:42.421
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:42.463
11 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:42.707
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:42.962
13 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:43.310
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:43.380
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.397
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:43.437
17 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:43.729
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:44.183
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:44.491
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:45.653
21 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:47.123
22 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:47.285
23 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1:47.343
24 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:47.356

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired
1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.283
2 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:39.339
3 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:39.427
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:39.650
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.749
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:39.880
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.947
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.020
9 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.029
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:40.174
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:40.287
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:40.387
13 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:40.618
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.906
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.945
16 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:41.115
17 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:41.371
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.457
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:42.467
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:42.993
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:43.811
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:43.854
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:44.095
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:44.566

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