Alonso third and Massa fourth in the second practice session

The second session of free practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix has just finished under the artificial lights of the Yas Marina Circuit in preparation for Sunday’s penultimate round of the Formula 1 world championship. There were small gaps at the head of the timesheets, where the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton (1.39.586) and Jenson Button (1.39.785) ended up ahead of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso (1.39.971) and Felipe Massa (1.39.980).The usual Friday programme of work was completed with the exception of the long run on full tanks for Alonso, who was forced to finish his session early after going off the track. The drivers tested both compounds – Medium and Soft – and different examples of the front wing on the UAE track, where the grip seems to improve as the temperature goes down. That is important data for the team heading into qualifying and the race, which start at the same hour of the day.

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