French GP: Alonso tops practice session 2

The second free practice session at Magny-Cours has seen the Renault of Fernando Alonso finish on top. The Spanish driver finished a fraction ahead of the Ferrari of Felipe Massa, who was once again quicker than his team-mate, Raikkonen. The McLaren of Lewis Hamilton rounded out the top four.

Sebastien Vettel had an impressive run during the afternoon and managed to finish the session with the fifth quickest time, just ahead of the BMW-Sauber of Robert Kubica.

The second session of the day was more exciting than the first with more drama throughout. Hamilton, Trulli and Massa all took high-speed excursions across the gravel at Estoril. Trulli escaped with no visible damage to the car; Hamilton s mistake meant a pit-stop to change his front wing; Massa s mistake left no damage to the car but ruined his soft tyre run.

Trulli, Piquet and Sutil all had trips on the exit of Imola although all three drivers managed to escape the barriers and were able to continue on with their sessions unscathed.

Unofficial Times for Practice Session 2 at Magny-Cours:

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time              Laps
 1.  Alonso        Renault               1:15.778            37
 2.  Massa         Ferrari               1:15.854  + 0.076   24
 3.  Raikkonen     Ferrari               1:15.999  + 0.221   42
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1:16.232  + 0.454   29
 5.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:16.298  + 0.520   42
 6.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            1:16.317  + 0.539   35
 7.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      1:16.340  + 0.562   36
 8.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            1:16.458  + 0.680   43
 9.  Piquet        Renault               1:16.543  + 0.765   39
10.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      1:16.572  + 0.794   36
11.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       1:16.682  + 0.904   42
12.  Trulli        Toyota                1:16.743  + 0.965   43
13.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:16.758  + 0.980   42
14.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       1:17.002  + 1.224   32
15.  Glock         Toyota                1:17.092  + 1.314   39
16.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      1:17.106  + 1.328   38
17.  Button        Honda                 1:17.244  + 1.466   37
18.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   1:17.394  + 1.616   42
19.  Barrichello   Honda                 1:17.591  + 1.813   27
20.  Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   1:17.868  + 2.090   33