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Alonso fastest ahead of German GP
Ferrari looks to recover after two below par performances, but Red Bull remains strong.
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2010 18:02 GMT
Lewis Hamilton sat out much of the session as his team repaired his car after a crash [AFP]

Fernando Alonso has clocked the fastest time of the day during Friday's second practice session for Sunday's German Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old Ferrari driver had been 19th fastest in the morning, but posted a time of one minute 16.265 seconds in the second session as the Hockenheimring began to dry and drivers were able to remove their wet weather tyres.

"We have seen before on Fridays that we are very competitive and then on Saturday, the Red Bulls are clearly quicker, so we have to take this result with a grain of salt," Alonso said, tempering expectation before qualifying on Saturday.

Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, a home favourite, was second quickest, just 0.02 seconds slower.

"I think it's looking quite good and the car feels good, especially in the last section. Ferrari looked extremely competitive. McLaren had a difficult day with only one car for the majority of running, but they will come back and be up there," Vettel said.

He was followed by Brazilian Felipe Massa, a further 0.2 seconds adrift in the second Ferrari.

Ferrari eyes recovery

Ferrari needs to recover ground with two straight sub-par results having left Alonso in fifth place with 98 points and Massa in eighth with 67.

"In order to be in front tomorrow, we will have to do something out of the ordinary," Alonso said.

Australian Mark Webber was fourth quickest in the second Red Bull ahead of Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher who were fifth and sixth quickest respectively.

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton sat out most of the session out while his team repaired his car after a crash, but rejoined the session late on.

"I damaged the car quite heavily this morning. It was very slippery and I hit the limiter coming out of Turn Three, shifted gear, which spun the wheels, and had an oversteer moment," said the Briton.

"I tried to correct it and that put me onto the grass, where I was just a passenger."

The Briton, a winner at Hockenheim as he won the driver's championship in 2008, still managed to set the seventh fastest time despite completing just 10 laps after lunch.

"The accident took all four corners off the car, so I was a little bit upset with myself," Hamilton said.

"The guys work so hard during the week to get the car ready, and then you get to the track, do a few laps, and total the car, which isn't great. It was a huge amount of work for the guys, too, but they've just been phenomenal."

Hamilton's team-mate and defending drivers' champion Jenson Button was well off the pace, clocking the 15th fastest time.

Sunday's German GP is the 11th of the season's 19 races.

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