Fernando AlonsoNo doubt to the delight of his home fans, Fernando Alonso has ended Friday’s running of the European Grand Prix weekend in the best possible fashion, by finishing the second practice session fastest overall.

With the super-soft Pirelli compounds available for the first time this weekend, the Spaniard posted a fastest lap of 1:37.968 to beat Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by just 0.2 seconds.

After a quiet morning’s running – where it is rumoured he was testing Red Bull’s British GP-spec exhaust system – Sebastian Vettel finished the session third-fastest, while Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa completed the top-five.

Jenson Button manhandled his oversteering McLaren to sixth-fastest, while Mark Webber – quickest in this morning’s practice session – finished seventh-fastest, just half a second off Alonso’s pace.

The top-ten was completed by Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov.

Paul di Resta completed just a handful of laps on his first outing on the circuit this weekend, with the Scot joining the circuit in the closing minutes while his Force India mechanics carried out frantic repairs to his car, which was damaged after test driver Nico Hülkenberg slapped the wall in the opening session this morning.

Jaime Alguersuari failed to complete any mileage in this session after his Toro Rosso developed an engine problem.

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2011 European Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari F150° Italia 1:37.968 35
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.227 26
3. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.297 31
4. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 0.347 30
5. Felipe Massa BRZ Ferrari F150° Italia + 0.475 32
6. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.515 30
7. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.563 26
8. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 1.013 33
9. Nick Heidfeld DEU Renault R31 + 1.072 35
10. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault R31 + 1.618 27
11. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.658 31
12. Rubens Barrichello BRZ Williams Cosworth FW33 + 2.052 34
13. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Cosworth FW33 + 2.333 34
14. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 2.395 7
15. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.486 32
16. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C30 + 2.563 37
17. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C30 + 4.115 34
18. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Renault T128 + 4.188 39
19. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Renault T128 + 4.271 25
20. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 4.305 21
21. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 4.841 36
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 6.492 29
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 8.938 16
24. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 no time  

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