Euro practice

Renault’s Fernando Alonso posted the quickest time of the day during practice for the Euro GP in Valencia, despite having a spin and driving into BMW’s Nick Heidfeld during the session.

Jenson Button and his Brawn GP squad look to have sorted out their twitchy car, too – JB posted the second quickest time, followed by teammate Rubens Barrichello.

The Williams’ of Nico Rosberg and Kazuki Nakajima once again showed quick practice form in fourth and fifth, while Force India’s Adrian Sutil made great use of his car’s upgrades to round the day out in seventh.

McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen has obviously taken heed of his warning to step up his game, closing out the top 10 behind Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton ended first practice in third, but span in the second and damaged his car, which stayed in the garage for the rest of the day.

Of the new boys – and I’m classing Luca Badoer as a rookie as he hasn’t raced for 10 or so years – Renault’s Romain Grosjean ended the day 17th, with Badoer plum-last.

The latter prompting a wag on Twitter to ask: ‘Is Badoer driving a show car?’

In light of Badoer’s pace, you can see why Ferrari were so keen to get Michael Schumacher back to fill in for Felipe Massa now, can’t you?

And certainly no one suggested Alonso ran light at the end of the session to get the quickest time, in front of his home Spanish crowd…

So how do you think it’s going to stack up tomorrow in qualifying? I think we’re in for a tussle between Lewis, Alonso and Vettel at the front. But you can never count Button out if he gets comfy with his car, so expect him to be a factor during the race.

Check out the full results from today’s practice sessions at BBC Sport.

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