Ferrari finds form in German practice

Fernando Alonso at the German Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso at the German Grand Prix

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso set the fastest time during the second practice session in mixed conditions ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring.

The Spaniard could only manage 19th fastest in the first session, but when the circuit dried for the second session, he posted a 1m16.265s with over half an hour remaining of the session.

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel was second quickest, the German just 0.02s slower than Alonso. The leading pair were trailed by Brazilian Felipe Massa and Australian Mark Webber.

Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher who were fifth and sixth quickest. The pair of Germans are among six local drivers competing at their home Grand Prix this weekend.

While the Ferraris, Red Bulls and Mercedes were up the front, the championship leaders were languishing. McLaren’s best was Lewis Hamilton in seventh after sitting out most of the second session while his team repaired his car. Worse for Jenson Button, the reigning Champ was down in 15th place.

Renault driver Robert Kubica was eighth fastest ahead of Williams drivers Rubens Barichello and Nico Hulkenberg.

Force India’s Adrian Sutil was fastest in the wet first session but slipped to 14th in the second dry session.

Qualifying for the German Grand Prix can be seen on ONE HD Saturday night (Check your local guides for times).

Practice One

1 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:25.701
2 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:26.850
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.936
4 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:26.947
5 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:26.948
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:27.448
7 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:28.114
8 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:28.193
9 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:28.300
10 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.486
11 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:28.735
12 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:28.735
13 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:28.903
14 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:29.048
15 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:29.280
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:29.366
17 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.429
18 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:29.500
19 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:29.684
20 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.690
21 19 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.938
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:31.720
23 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:32.450
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:32.791

Practice Two

1 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.265
2 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:16.294
3 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.438
4 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:16.585
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:16.827
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:16.971
7 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.004
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:17.009
9 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:17.056
10 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:17.204
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.336
12 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:17.547
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.573
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:17.701
15 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.739
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:17.871
17 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:18.147
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:19.327
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:19.553
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:20.008
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:20.106
22 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:20.377
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:21.988
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:23.066

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