Free Practice: Alonso in the lead

Stephan Heublein

Fernando Alonso trotted out his usual platitudes about it only being Friday practice, but the second practice session created a strong impression that the European Grand Prix will not be plain sailing for Red Bull Racing.

The Spaniard showed strong pace on both his short and his long runs, setting a fastest lap of 1:37.968 with Lewis Hamilton second and just two-tenths behind the leader.