24 Jul 2010

Alonso fastest in practice as Hamilton crashes out

6:05 am on 24 July 2010

Spain's Fernando Alonso clocked the fastest time of the day during the second practice for Monday mornings German Grand Prix.

The 28-year-old Ferrari driver, 19th fastest in the morning, posted a time of one minute 16.27 seconds with just over half an hour remaining of the session as the Hockenheimring began to dry and drivers were able to remove their wet weather tyres.

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

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

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

The McLaren driver Briton Lewis Hamilton sat most of the session after crashing but rejoined the session late on and wound up seventh fastest.

The Polish Renault driver Robert Kubica was eighth fastest ahead of Williams drivers Brazilian Rubens Barichello and German Nico Hulkenberg.

The defending drivers' champion Jenson Button was well off the pace, clocking the 15th fastest time.