Alonso pips Vettel in second German session

Fernando Alonso was fastest in the second German Grand Prix practice session, as the weather failed to impact on proceedings.

Although the track remained damp at the start of practice, all of the drivers emerged on slick tyres and attempted to get as much dry running as possible.

Adrian Sutil started the session as he had left off in the morning by topping the session early on. However, the Force India driver was powerless to prevent the Ferrari’s of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa rising to the top of the timesheets.

Although rain did come on the hour mark, it would not be heavy enough to hinder the drivers, with lap times continuing to tumble.

Subsequently, the session would soon develop into a personal battle between Alonso and Mark Webber in the Red Bull.

With around fifty minutes remaining the latter, now on the option tyre, would rocket to the top of the times to break into one minute seventeen second bracket.

However, Alonso would quickly respond, as the times continued to tumble with the Spaniard setting the session’s benchmark time of 1:16.265 with thirty-seven minutes remaining.

Consequently, the only man to get close to the Ferrari was the sister Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to rallycross his way through the gravel trap at turn 12, after running wide.

However, undeterred by his off, the local hero continued to push hard in his RB6 and eventually finished the session with a time only 0.029 shy of Alonso’s.

Nico Rosberg was fifth for Mercedes, with team-mate Michael Schumacher vastly improving from his disappointing morning session to set the sixth fastest time.

Although incurring a major delay, as mechanics worked strenuously to repair his broken MP4-25, Lewis Hamilton managed to record a ten-lap run towards the end of the session and set the seventh fastest time.

Team-mate Jenson Button appeared to concentrate on longer runs, completing thirty-six on his way to fifteenth place.

Despite a number of drivers being forced to wrestle their cars through the remaining puddles which littered the circuit, the session passed without drama with the failure of Jarno Trulli’s Lotus the only concern.

Pos  Driver         Team                    Time              Laps
1.   Alonso         Ferrari                 1:16.265            35
2.   Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:16.294  + 0.029   26
3.   Massa          Ferrari                 1:16.438  + 0.173   37
4.   Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:16.585  + 0.320   40
5.   Rosberg        Mercedes                1:16.827  + 0.562   32
6.   Schumacher     Mercedes                1:16.971  + 0.706   20
7.   Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:17.004  + 0.739   10
8.   Kubica         Renault                 1:17.009  + 0.744   37
9.   Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:17.056  + 0.791   37
10.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:17.204  + 0.939   44
11.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:17.336  + 1.071   44
12.  Petrov         Renault                 1:17.547  + 1.282   35
13.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:17.573  + 1.308   39
14.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:17.701  + 1.436   38
15.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:17.739  + 1.474   36
16.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:17.871  + 1.606   33
17.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:18.147  + 1.882   45
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:19.327  + 3.062   48
19.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:19.553  + 3.288   30
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:20.008  + 3.743   34
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         1:20.106  + 3.841   31
22.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:20.377  + 4.112   37
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth            1:21.988  + 5.723   37
24.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth            1:23.066  + 6.801   37