Valencia 2009: Friday Practice Two

Valencia 2009: Friday Practice Two

The second session from yesterday’s free practice runs proved to be exciting as local hero Fernando Alonso set about entertaining his devoted fans that lined the street circuit. The Spanish double champion posted a fast lap time that remained until until the one-third distance. With an increasingly improving track though, it wasn’t too long before others decided to switch to the super-soft compound and the times began to tumble. Kazuki Nakajima, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button all posted fastest times and some point or another. Alonso wasn’t finished just yet though and returned to the track.

It was Alonso’s third attempt at posting a leading time that caused the biggest upset of the day though, as although the Spaniard had returned his Renault to the top, Fernando was still going for it. Heading into the final corner, Alonso dived up the inside of Nick Heidfeld and the pair collided, the BMW being pitched up into the air.

Both drivers limped back to the pitlane and after the R29 had received a new nose and front wing assembly, it was back out on the track. The final lap of Alonso lowered the target to the sub 100s for the first time this weekend, and the time remained until the clocked ticked down to zero. Not content with his already enthralling display, Alonso threw in a spin for good measure as well, but only after improving his fastest time further in the first two sectors.

Once again, Brawn appear to have found good pace and just as they were in the pre-lunch session, both pilots were near the top of the table, this time with Jenson Button ahead in P2. Williams also ran well in the second stint, Nico Rosberg managing P4 and team mate Kazuki Nakajima P5. Adrian Sutil again pleased by placing his Force India well inside the top ten and in P6, this time backed up by team mate Giancarlo Fisichella in P8.

The Red Bulls didn’t look quite so sharp in the afternoon run with Sebastian Vettel only getting himself in P9 and Mark Webber trailing in P14. McLaren too slipped backwards, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing his Friday in P10 and Lewis Hamilton in P20. The Briton only completed 3 laps before clipping a barrier and damaging his car. The team decided to call it an early day and started a pre-qualifying rebuild.

Romain Grosjean impressed with a P13 lap time that was 1.4s shy of Alonso’s leading pace. Luca Badoer also improved, setting a time worthy of P18 and 1.3s off his team mate’s benchmark pace. Jaime Alguersuari completed his day’s work 0.072s behind the trailing Ferrari and only ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

Valencia 2009
Friday Free Practice Two

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m39.404s 33 Laps
2. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m40.178s 33 Laps
3. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m40.209s 34 Laps
4. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m40.385s 39 Laps
5. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m40.503s 35 Laps
6. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m40.596s 23 Laps
7. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m40.643s 34 Laps
8. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m40.681s 31 Laps
9. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m40.723s 33 Laps
10. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m40.738s 31 Laps
11. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m40.739s 39 Laps
12. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m40.770s 32 Laps
13. French FlagRomain Grosjean Renault 1m40.787s 35 Laps
14. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m40.956s 37 Laps
15. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m40.985s 30 Laps
16. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m41.156s 34 Laps
17. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m41.350s 29 Laps
18. Italian FlagLuca Badoer Ferrari 1m42.017s 37 Laps
19. Spanish FlagJaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m42.089s 34 Laps
20. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m43.214s 3 Laps

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