Alonso fastest in first practice at Turkish GP

Updated: 06 May 2011 15:16 IST

Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time in a rainy first practice for the Turkish Grand Prix on Friday, while Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel crashed and was unharmed.

Alonso fastest in first practice at Turkish GP

Istanbul:

Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time in a rainy first practice for the Turkish Grand Prix on Friday, while Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel crashed and was unharmed.

Two-time F1 champ Alonso has been struggling this season, failing to finish on the podium in all three races so far, and his strong performance in cool, slippery conditions was a welcome confidence boost for Ferrari.

The Spanish driver completed 13 laps and set a fastest lap of 1 minute, 38.67 seconds - 1.402 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg, and 1.462 quicker than seven-time champ Michael Schumacher, who twice spun.

The wet conditions at the Istanbul Park track caused problems throughout, with new drivers Paul Di Resta and Pastor Maldonado also spinning.



Topics : Fernando Alonso Lewis Hamilton Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix Turkish Grand Prix McLaren Renault
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