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08/21/09
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Valencia: Alonso tops practice 2  Nick Heidfeld was unhappy with the local hero, but Fernando Alonso managed to please his Spanish supporters by capturing the top spot in afternoon practice at Valencia.

Before the chequered flag waved on the 180 minutes of Friday practice at the Spanish port city street circuit, Alonso's seemingly dominant Renault - although just ninth in the morning session - collided with the BMW of Nick Heidfeld at the final corner, throwing the latter into a near-roll.

Spectating from the Ferrari pitwall, Michael Schumacher was highly amused by the crash, but Heidfeld slammed it as "just plain stupid".

The Valencia heat is apparently working in Brawn's favor as the title-leading team returns to top form, but Sebastien Buemi was complaining on the radio of a burned right foot against his boiling-hot Toro Rosso carbon pedal.

Hungary winner Lewis Hamilton had been near the pace in the morning, but he had to sit out almost all of the final session when he damaged his prototype McLaren front wing.

Renault debutant Romain Grosjean had a solid opening day of action with the 17th and 13th fastest times respectively, but Luca Badoer was struggling for Ferrari, never higher than 18th on the time sheets.

Life in the Valencia media centre was also trying for journalists, with both TV and timing systems not functioning at the start of the afternoon practice session.

Results

Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Alonso Renault 1:39.404 +0.000 33
2. Button Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:40.178 +0.774 33
3. Barrichello Brawn GP-Mercedes 1:40.209 +0.805 34
4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:40.385 +0.981 39
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:40.503 +1.099 35
6. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:40.596 +1.192 23
7. Kubica BMW Sauber 1:40.643 +1.239 34
8. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:40.681 +1.277 31
9. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:40.723 +1.319 33
10. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.738 +1.334 31
11. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:40.739 +1.335 39
12. Trulli Toyota 1:40.770 +1.366 32
13. Grosjean Renault 1:40.787 +1.383 35
14. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:40.956 +1.552 37
15. Glock Toyota 1:40.985 +1.581 30
16. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:41.156 +1.752 34
17. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:41.350 +1.946 29
18. Badoer Ferrari 1:42.017 +2.613 37
19. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:42.089 +2.685 34
20. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.214 +3.810 3
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