Second Practice: Alonso moves Ferrari forward
Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in an incident-filled second practice that saw many cars sustain damage and Sergio Perez withdraw because of illness.
McLaren test driver Pedro de la Rosa replaced Perez, who had complained of nausea following first practice and will play no futher part this weekend as a precaution, but the Spaniard could not post many laps because the car had to be adjusted to fit him, which took some time. He eventually completed 15 laps and finished in P18.
At the front, it was Ferrari and another Spaniard, Alonso, who held the upper hand. The Spaniard set a time of 1:15.107ms, 0.369 seconds up on Sebastian Vettel.
After his accident in first practice, the world champion was able to take part in the whole of the session, as the Red Bull mechanics once more completed their work in double quick time. Felipe Massa in third place confirmed Ferrari's strong form and the Brazilian driver was about five tenths of a second down on his team-mate in the lead.
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button followed in positions four and five. Their times were almost identical, about nine tenths of a second behind Alonso. Paul di Resta was a further tenth of a second adrift and was placed sixth, just ahead of Mark Webber.
The Renaults of Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld secured eighth and ninth place and were about 1.2 and 1.3 seconds respectively behind Alonso. Rubens Barrichello took the final Top Ten spot.
Adrian Sutil, Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome D'Ambrosio had problems in practice. All three drivers smashed their cars into the wall. The red flag accompanied Kobayashi's and d'Ambrosio's departures. None of the drivers was injured, but their cars were badly damaged.