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.

FP2 - Fernando Alonso 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:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:16.265 35
2. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault + 0.029 26
3. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.173 37
4. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 0.320 40
5. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 0.562 32
6. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 0.706 20
7. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.739 10
8. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 0.744 37
9. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 0.791 37
10. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 0.939 44
11. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 1.071 44
12. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.282 35
13. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 1.308 39
14. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 1.436 38
15. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.474 36
16. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA_thumb[1] Force India Mercedes + 1.606 33
17. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 1.882 45
18. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 3.062 48
19. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 3.288 30
20. Jarno Trulli ITA_thumb[1] Lotus Cosworth + 3.743 34
21. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 3.841 31
22. Heikki Kovalainen FIN_thumb[1] Lotus Cosworth + 4.112 37
23. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 5.723 37
24. Sakon Yamamoto JPN HRT Cosworth + 6.801 37

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