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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good to see brawn back near the top. where they should be

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i expected badoer to be slow, but not as slow as last in practice 1 and only beating a rookie and hamilton who broke his car after 3 laps

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Brawns will dominate this one. That new girl at Renault seems pretty fast as well. Heidfeld needs to look where he’s going a bit more. He’s like one of those ring pieces at roundabouts that start in the nearside, and drift over to the right, nearly wiping you out if you don’t keep an eye on them. Nick! Use your mirrors, there are spaniards coming through who are looking to impress new bosses in red overalls.

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Thats just the start of it, aggressive in qwally, then top step of the podium. You heard it here first!!!!!!

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I expected Badoer and Vettel to be quicker. Jenson lacks consistency and if the weather is not rght his car is crap

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Seriously, pls someone tell me why wasn’t Gene appointed for the race?

Did Ferrari get rid of him? Is he injuried?

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Jimmer! Getting back into biking and thought I’d find out were the old MBUK Wrecking Crew had got to. Glad to see you’ve found yourself a spot at the mighty TG! Nice one man. Whataver happened that Loretz chap?

Sorry…not really on topic, keep it up dude!
-mark

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Hehe, just found out that after going at 3mph all day, Badoer was fined for speeding in the pitlane.

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Luca disapponted me a bit hope shumi gives him advice alonso put in a good and rather consistant performance. Don’t expect what happened today to repeat in quali

On a different topic who would you vote for given the chance vatanen or todt I’d go for todt peesonaly f1 needs less fia malarcy

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Badoer did a poor job and vice versa with alonso who seemed to be consustantly quick. I don’t expect this to refle t on quali but maybe he could be up their I’m sure he will want to impress at home

Off topic but who would you go for vatanan or todt . I think todt would be better f1 needs less fia and more racing I mean why wait a fortnight when clearly there should be a race every six hours

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Sorry my computer glitched and I didn’t see my entry

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‘Jenson lacks consistency’

What? In the first 7 races he came 1st, 1st, 3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st. In the 3 races where the setup/design took a wrong turn on both Brawns he came 6th, 5th, 7th. Initially consistently brilliant, then consistantly average, overall he has clearly been quite consistant and beat his team mate in all but one race.

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Don’t forget Webber in qualifying. I think Lewis and Fernando will be on form, but the interest in the Button, Vettel, Webber battle is the key. Hope Kimi gets up there to ruffle a few feathers too.

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I don’t really care much about the practice sessions, IMO it doesnt say much about how fast a car is…

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@ Marcus

hehehe “..why wait a fortnight when clearly there should be a race every six hours..”

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RBR is going to win this race.

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Badoer is 3 seconds off the pace and cannot race in Spa.

So, why not fill the vacant Ferrari seat with The REAL Stig for the rest of the season.

1) He would be faster
2) Great publicity for Ferrari and Top Gear
3) Would be a news story around the world
4) Clarkson, May and Hammond could pop along and the film could be turned into a fantastic Top Gear special to be shown at Christmas…

Someone needs to make this happen!

I would have been happier to see MS qualify in Valencia, start the race and do 10 laps or whatever his neck could take and retire.

Badoer is slow and it is embarrassing that he has been put in that situation.

Come on Ferrari, get Stig on board!

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wow, were you ever wrong with your prediction of the fight for pole.

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I’m sorry, but Badoer is far too slow, he hasnt been racing for over a decade, its hard enough moving from one type of racing to F1 but from nothing to F1 is ridiculous, he’ll be having the same troubles as hammond.

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