Fernando Alonso has started what he has claimed will be the make-or-break weekend for Ferrari in the best possible fashion by topping the timesheets in the second practice session for the German Grand Prix.
The second session, held in mostly dry conditions, featured a prominent battle between the two Ferraris and the two Red Bulls, with Alonso sharing close times with team-mate Felipe Massa and the Red Bull championship contenders Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel had a heart-stopping moment when he skipped across the gravel at the entry to the stadium section.
The next-quickest duo belonged to the home team, Mercedes GP, with Nico Rosberg lapping just half a second slower than Alonso, and two-tenths quicker than team-mate Michael Schumacher, who was the second-slowest runner in the opening practice session. This was despite both drivers sustaining damage during the session: Rosberg clobbered the kerbside bollards and broke his front wing, while Michael Schumacher had a few more off-track moments and had to stop his programme early after 20 laps.
Despite sitting out much of the session while his team pieced his McLaren back together due to his opening-session accident, Lewis Hamilton hauled his McLaren up to seventh on the timesheets despite joining the session in the final 15 minutes. His final attempt also saw the Briton posted the fastest middle sector split time of the session.
2010 German GP Practice 2 Session Times:
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