Alonso delights home crowd in practice

Saturday 25th June, 2011 - 12:20am


Fernando Alonso signs autographs for the Spanish fans

Fernando Alonso signs autographs for the Spanish fans

Fernando Alonso has heightened expectations of a home victory this weekend in Valencia by topping the opening day of practice for the European Grand Prix.

The Ferrari ace set a best time of 1m37.968s on the soft compound Pirelli tyres late in Practice 2 to end the day 0.23s clear of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton.

Sebastian Vettel, who was just 16th in the morning, was third fastest for Red Bull, while Michael Schumacher added to the roll call of former champions with fourth fastest in his Mercedes.

Felipe Massa and Jenson Button were fifth and sixth fastest respectively, while Mark Webber was seventh after topping Practice 1 on the new medium compound tyre earlier in the day.

Paul di Resta’s weekend took a significant blow in Practice 1, when early Force India test driver Nico Hulkenberg crashed the Scot’s car after completing just seven laps. The car was repaired in time for the afternoon’s session, where di Resta was 14th fastest.

Toro Rosso test driver Daniel Riccardo did a more admirable job for regular driver Sebastien Buemi – setting the 12th fastest time in Practice 1.

See below for the practice results

Practice 2

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.968s
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.195s 0.227
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.265s 0.297
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.315s 0.347
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m38.443s 0.475
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.483s 0.515
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m38.531s 0.563
8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.981s 1.013
9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m39.040s 1.072
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m39.586s 1.618
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m39.626s 1.658
12 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m40.020s 2.052
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m40.301s 2.333
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m40.363s 2.395
15 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.454s 2.486
16 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.531s 2.563
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.083s 4.115
18 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m42.156s 4.188
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m42.239s 4.271
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m42.273s 4.305
21 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m42.809s 4.841
22 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m44.460s 6.492
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m46.906s 8.938

Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.403s
2 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m41.227s 0.824
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.239s 0.836
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.510s 1.107
5 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m41.580s 1.177
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.758s 1.355
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.926s 1.523
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m41.955s 1.552
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m42.043s 1.640
10 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.216s 1.813
11 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m42.270s 1.867
12 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.412s 2.009
13 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m42.704s 2.301
14 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.738s 2.335
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m42.841s 2.438
16 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m42.941s 2.538
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.201s 2.798
18 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m43.769s 3.366
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m44.136s 3.733
20 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m45.026s 4.623
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m45.221s 4.818
22 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m45.494s 5.091
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m46.926s 6.523
24 Karun Chandhok Lotus-Renault

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