Alonso finishes second day of tests on top.

Local hero, Fernando Alonso has pleased his Spanish fans in Valencia after finishing the second day of pre-season testing with the fastest time. Alonso showed good pace all day, after pipping 2010 World Champion Sebastian Vettel to the quickest time in the morning session. But the Spaniard only continued to get quicker finishing the day with a fastest lap of 1m 13.307s. Whilst Vettel finished second fastest. F1 Rookie, Force India's Paul di Resta finished third, although his day wasn't without incident, when he spun off at turn two, which brought the morning session to a halt as he was pulled out of the gravel trap. Although, the young Scottish driver continued and completed a substantial 111 laps of the Ricardo Tormo circuit, more than any other driver in the day. Speaking about his second test day, Paul di Resta said: "Another good day of testing for the team, gathering lots of information for the guys to work on as we prepare for the debut of the VJM04 next week. We're now understanding a lot more about the performance of the Pirellis and the differences between the compounds, particularly with regards to long and shorter runs and different fuel loads. At this stage we're not going for times, just trying to get representative data to work on. I'm feeling good and well integrated into the team and my new role, there's a really positive atmosphere, which will set us up extremely well for next week when the new car testing programme starts." Rubens Barrichello, was forced to stop his Williams on track at turn five with a mechanical issue. But managed to complete 45 laps before having to stop. The Brazilian driver later complained about balance problems with the new FW33 and also commented that the extra buttons on the steering wheel due to the KERS and adjustable rear wing were a concern, as they are quite a distraction when driving. Barrichello said: "The number of buttons on the steering wheel can distract you from the driving. I don’t think it’s a danger, but I think it’s a concern. In terms of execution, the additional controls are obviously necessary, but people have different steering wheels, so drivers may therefore be able to reach some buttons easier than others. The problem is you are taking your eye off the road. There is not a single straight where I don’t press a button and change gear. In my role in the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association (GPDA) we will keep talking about this, but I think the FIA will let us practice a little more. I think the strong comments will come now but will lessen as people get used to things." Over at the McLaren garage it was Lewis Hamilton's turn to take over testing duties from reserve Gary Paffett. Hamilton completed 84 laps, and finished fourth quickest on the day. Whilst the Lotus Renault GP car of Robert Kubica was just behind in fifth, and HRT's latest signing Narain Karthikeyan finished 6th. Team Lotus's new T128 made its track debut in the morning session. However, only managed to complete 15 laps, after the car suffered a problem with its power steering.

F1 Team Testing -T01 - Valencia (Wednesday)

1.
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari F150
1m 13.307s
103 Laps

2.
Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull RB7
1m 13.614s
43 Laps

3.
Paul di Resta
Force India VJM-03
1m 13.844s
110 Laps

4.
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren MP4-25
1m14.353s
84 Laps

5.
Robert Kubica
Renault R31
1m 14.412s
104 Laps

6.
Narain Karthikeyan
HRT F110
1m 14.472s
80 Laps

7.
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes GP W02
1m 14.645s
69 Laps

8.
Timo Glock
Virgin Racing VR-01
1m 15.408s
34 Laps

9.
Rubens Barrichello
Williams FW33
1m 16.023s
50 Laps

10.
Sergio Perez
Sauber C30
1m 16.198s
42 Laps

11.
Pastor Maldonado
Williams FW33
1m 16.266s
29 Laps

12.
Sebastien Buemi
Toro Rosso STR6
1m 16.359s
46 Laps

13.
Jaime Alguersuari
Toro Rosso STR6
1m 16.474s
64 Laps

14.
Mark Webber
Red Bull RB7
1m 17.365s
17 Laps

15.
Heikki Kovalainen
Lotus T128
1m 20.649s
15 Laps

all times unofficial

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