Alonso fastest in practice 2 - Hungary

Fernando Alonso put McLaren on top in Friday afternoon practice at the Hungaroring, lapping just under four tenths of a second faster than Renault's Heikki Kovalainen

Alonso fastest in practice 2 - Hungary

The Finn had led the way for much of the session after producing a 1: 21.283 lap on hard tyres early on. It took Alonso several attempts to overcome Kovalainen, before he eventually set the 1:20.919 lap that would remain the standard for the rest of the afternoon.

Track conditions were tricky throughout the session - with light rain in the final half an hour adding to the usual problems of the dusty Hungaroring surface.

Many drivers, Alonso included, made use of the asphalt run-off areas, and third-placed Lewis Hamilton ended the session in the gravel after spinning at Turn 9 on his final run.

The Ferraris were only sixth and seventh, with Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Felipe Massa, who spun at Turn 14 in the closing moments.

They were edged out of the top five by Nico Rosberg and Nick Heidfeld, as both Germans repeated their strong morning form.

Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and morning pace-setter Robert Kubica completed the top ten.

Toro Rosso's new signing Sebastian Vettel finished the afternoon behind teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi in 20th, but was only a tenth slower at the end of his first day in the car.

Sakon Yamamoto did not fare so well in the second Spyker - spinning at Turn 1 early on, and finishing up at the bottom of the timesheets, five seconds off the pace, and 2.6 seconds adrift of teammate Adrian Sutil.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Alonso McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:20.919 29 2. Kovalainen Renault (B) 1:21.283 + 0.364 39 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.338 + 0.419 32 4. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.485 + 0.566 40 5. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:21.517 + 0.598 37 6. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:21.589 + 0.670 29 7. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:21.620 + 0.701 29 8. Fisichella Renault (B) 1:21.698 + 0.779 36 9. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:21.857 + 0.938 35 10. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:21.906 + 0.987 37 11. R.Schumacher Toyota (B) 1:21.912 + 0.993 29 12. Wurz Williams-Toyota (B) 1:21.987 + 1.068 35 13. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.325 + 1.406 28 14. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.483 + 1.564 33 15. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:22.510 + 1.591 41 16. Button Honda (B) 1:22.550 + 1.631 47 17. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:22.556 + 1.637 42 18. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:22.727 + 1.808 29 19. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:23.136 + 2.217 42 20. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:23.148 + 2.229 39 21. Sutil Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:23.673 + 2.754 34 22. Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari (B) 1:26.307 + 5.388 29 
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